An­der­son suf­fers knee in­jury

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Arnie Sta­ple­ton

EN­GLE­WOOD, COLO. >> C.J. An­der­son might be go­ing from break­out to heart­break.

The Den­ver Bron­cos were brac­ing for bad news on their start­ing run­ning back, who they sent for a sec­ond opin­ion on his ail­ing right knee Wed­nes­day.

An­der­son hurt it on an 11-yard run on the fi­nal play of the first quar­ter Mon­day night against Hous­ton but re­turned to the game and ran 14 more times for 84 yards to spark Den­ver’s 27-9 win.

His 107-yard per­for­mance on 16 car­ries marked his first ca­reer 100-yard game be­fore Hal­loween. Com­bined with rookie Devon­tae Booker’s big night, the Bron­cos (5-2) fi­nally snapped out of an of­fen­sive funk by rush­ing for nearly 190 yards.

They left the sta­dium feel­ing re­ally good about their new 1-2 punch in the back­field, but An­der­son showed up sore Tues­day. They’ll know Thurs­day how much time he’ll miss.

“We’re just re­ally try­ing to eval­u­ate it more than any­thing,” coach Gary Ku­biak said. “He played with it. He did it early in the game. He played through it, he played re­ally well. Ac­tu­ally, he was our of­fen­sive MVP. He came in re­ally sore the day af­ter. So, we’re try­ing to eval­u­ate where he’s at right now.”

With An­der­son down, the Bron­cos would start Booker on Sun­day against San Diego and Kapri Bibbs would back him up.

“It’s kind of up to Book, how much can he han­dle, what kind of load can he han­dle? But I think he played re­ally well the other night,” Ku­biak said. “Kapri’s been chomp­ing. So, we’ll see where C.J.’s at.”

An­der­son’s in­jury could thwart the mo­men­tum they found in their ground game, which opened up pass­ing lanes for their wide re­ceivers by game’s end as Hous­ton was forced to bring a safety closer to the line of scrim­mage to help against the run.

Booker, who ran for 83 yards and his first ca­reer TD on 17 car­ries against the Tex­ans, said he’s ready for a big­ger role if An­der­son’s side­lined.

Quar­ter­back Trevor Siemian said he’s com­fort­able with Booker, too.

“Book is a stud and he’s been run­ning re­ally well for us the last cou­ple of weeks,” Siemian said. “Hope­fully we get C.J. back again be­cause you would like to have two that are play­ing re­ally well. But I have a lot of con­fi­dence in Book, Kapri and who­ever else is back there.”

Also Wed­nes­day, tight end A.J. Derby, ac­quired from New Eng­land for a 2017 fifth-round draft pick, prac­ticed with his new team­mates for the first time.

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