ENGLEWOOD - Next up for C.J. Anderson is for his surgeon, Dr. Arthur Ting, to consult with the Denver Broncos’ medical team and figure out a rough estimate of the running back’s recovery time.
Anderson underwent a one-hour surgical procedure to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee Thursday afternoon at Dr. Ting’s surgical center in Fremont, Calif.
Anderson was up and at ‘em Friday morning, although now that his pain medicine has worn off, he knows his next step is to take next no steps for the next two or three weeks. He'll stay in his hometown of Vallejo, Calif. for another week and return to Denver with his teammates on their flight home from the Oakland Raiders game next Sunday.
“I don’t know if I’m playing this season or if I’m out this season but if you know anything about me I’m going to grind until I get back to the top of my game and be better than what I was before,’’ Anderson said by phone from the hospital where he was kept overnight. He is expected to be released soon. “I feel really, really good. I have no pain.’
Anderson was told by Dr. Ting he had the knee of an 8-year-old so while the Broncos are expected to place him on their injured reserve list as soon as this afternoon, the running back is not ruling out a possible return as soon as the final two regular-season games against the Kansas City Chiefs on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day final against Oakland.
A team can bring back one player from their injured list after eight weeks – six weeks of no practice and two weeks of practice.
However, there’s also a chance Anderson will need three to four months to recover. It’s simply too early to tell.
With Anderson down, rookie Devontae Booker and Kapri Bibbs, who is in his third season with the Broncos but has just four career carries, will share the Broncos’ running back responsibility.
Their first test is this Sunday afternoon when the Broncos play the San Diego Chargers in an AFC West rematch in Denver.
“Book and Bibbs, I know they’ll hold it down,’’ Anderson said. “They’ve got a lot of talent and we have coach (Eric) Studesville. He doesn’t get a lot of credit. People don’t see how coach Studesville works. What he’s done for me, he’s going to do for Book and Kapri. He’s one of the best running back coaches in the game. It’s why he’s been in the league coaching for 20 years.’’