The situation with Broncos’ RB C.J. Anderson has been confusing, to say the least. First, Ian Rapoport said that Anderson was done for the year and telling people around him that the season was over. Next, the RB himself went on Twitter and angrily denied that report, saying it was false.
However, it has now been reported that he has a torn meniscus in his knee and he needs surgery. He’s probably going to IR. That likely means his season is over, though the Broncos can bring one player back from IR and could choose Anderson if he’s healthy for, say, a playoff run.
During all of that, Anderson went back to Twitter and deleted his earlier denials, which backs up the notion that the first Rapoport story that he was so mad about was probably true the whole time. Perhaps Anderson was just frustrated about when it came out or is clinging to the hope that he can come back this season.
This is quite the blow to the Broncos, who just signed him to a long contract this offseason. He was also coming off of his best game of the year, carrying the ball 16 times for 107 yards and a TD.
That being said, he’d been largely underwhelming for a few weeks and actually lost his starting job to rookie Devontae Booker – who famously said he was there to take that job after he was drafted. This is something that happened often with Anderson last year, as well. When he was benched for Ronnie Hillman, he’d play better, win the starting job back, and fade.
Booker fumbled on his first ever NFL carry, but was very good in his first start. He ran it 17 times for 83 yards and a score against the Texans.
Update: Anderson does not have a complete meniscus tear, out eight-to-twelve weeks.
CJ Anderson has significant but not complete meniscus tear. Won't know extent till surgeon digs in. TBD is 8-wk or 12-wk recovery. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) October 27, 2016