Denver Broncos undrafted rookie running back C.J. Anderson suffered a MCL sprain that will force him to miss quite some time. It is certainly an unfortunate injury for both the Broncos and Anderson considering how well the young player performed in the team’s first preseason game.
Anderson suffered the sprain with only 20 minutes remaining in Thursday morning’s practice. He was helped off the field and not moving too quickly. Denver is claiming that the sprain is severe but the injury itself is not as bad as it could have been. Depending on various factors, including how long it takes for the swelling to go down, Anderson could miss up to six weeks.
Even though he came in as a long shot to make the team, Anderson’s great effort in the team’s victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the first preseason game certainly set him apart from the rest of the pack. He rushed for 69 yards on 15 carries for an average of 4.6 yards per attempt. He also broke off a 17-yard run during the contest.
Obviously, several players on the team are disappointed to learn of Anderson’s injury, including quarterback Peyton Manning and cornerback Champ Bailey.
“It’s awful, just awful,” Manning said, according to ESPN.com. “ … It surely did not look good. You could hear him out there grimacing, which is not a sound any player likes to hear.”
“He’s having such a great camp,’’ Bailey said. “ … I just hope he can bounce back faster than normal.”
The bad news for Anderson is that his injury will certainly come into play when the Broncos decide who makes the 53-man roster.