ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos were poised to put Devontae Booker right in the middle of the competition with C.J. Anderson to be the team’s No. 1 running back. And then Booker was moved to the physically unable to perform list Thursday ahead of surgery Friday to repair a wrist fracture.
Booker is expected to miss six weeks, and while that means he could be back before the start of the regular season, it also means what was one of the Broncos’ most competitive position groups now presents a little short-term opportunity.
Booker had pushed Anderson enough during the offseason program that Denver’s plan was for the duo to split carries with the starting unit and essentially see what happened. That plan has been scrapped, leaving Anderson front and center and uncertainty about the order of the depth chart behind him.
“I think I did some things this offseason that were introduced to me, and whether I liked it or didn’t like it, I just kept going with it and kept pushing,” Anderson said after Thursday’s practice. “I didn’t do something for two weeks and then stop. I just kept going with it throughout the entire offseason. I’m definitely in the best shape I’ve been in in a very long time, so I’m excited about that.”
Because the Broncos will regulate Jamaal Charles‘ work during preseason due to his knee troubles over the past two seasons, the Broncos did move quickly to add some depth after Booker’s injury came to light. Stevan Ridley went directly from an afternoon…
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