Done for sea­son: Rookie full­back Andy Janovich to go on in­jured re­serve after hav­ing an­kle surgery.

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Nicki Jhab­vala

Bron­cos full­back Andy Janovich un­der­went surgery on his an­kle Tues­day and will be placed on in­jured re­serve, end­ing his sea­son, ac­cord­ing to coach Gary Ku­biak.

The rookie Janovich in­jured his foot on the first play of the game Sun­day night against Kansas City when he caught a short screen pass from quar­ter­back Trevor Siemian and was tack­led for a loss.

“He strug­gled through­out the course of the game. We knew he was struggling. He said he was fine,” Ku­biak said. “He’s a re­ally tough kid. It hap­pened on the screen, the first play of the game when he caught the ball. (His an­kle) got rolled up, and he bat­tled through the game.

“The next morn­ing, we went to take a look and knew we had an is­sue. It was some­thing that needed to be fixed. I don’t know how to tell you ex­actly what it is.”

Janovich played through the pain, tak­ing 32 to­tal of­fen­sive snaps and eight spe­cial-teams snaps.

“Ob­vi­ously, he’s been a big part of our two-back stuff,” of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Rick Den­ni­son said. “He had pro­gressed and had been do­ing some good stuff, but that’s the na­ture of the deal. Some­times you lose some guys when you’re count­ing on them. He’s a tough guy.”

Janovich was re­cov­er­ing from a frac­tured right hand, which he suf­fered Oct. 24 in a vic­tory over Hous­ton. He didn’t miss a game be­cause of the in­jury, and Sun­day’s loss to Kansas City was his first with­out the pro­tec­tive club on his hand.

Janovich was used for 235 of­fen­sive snaps (30.8 per­cent) and 186 spe­cial­teams snaps (56.5 per­cent) this sea­son. He recorded five catches for 44 yards, plus four car­ries for 33 yards and a touch­down.

“We just have to move some guys off, but we’ll miss him,” Ku­biak said. “When he was healthy and play­ing good, we re­ally thought he was a boost for our foot­ball team. We’ll miss him, but he has a bright fu­ture. He’ll be fine. He’ll get back.”

In his ab­sence, Juwan Thomp­son, who has been used as both a full­back and half­back this sea­son, will prob­a­bly take on a big­ger role. The third-year back spent the first six weeks of the sea­son on the prac­tice squad but was pro­moted to the ac­tive ros­ter when run­ning back C.J. An­der­son was lost to knee in­jury. In three games, Thomp­son has been used on one of­fen­sive play and 37 spe­cial-teams plays.

“I’m ready to step up. I know the of­fense very well,” Thomp­son said. “This is the ben­e­fit of learn­ing dif­fer­ent things. When things hap­pen day to day, I can be ready. That’s what the job re­quires.”

Bron­cos full­back Andy Janovich runs for a touch­down against the Carolina Panthers dur­ing the sea­son opener. He was in­jured on the first play of Sun­day’s game against Kansas City but kept play­ing. John Leyba, Den­ver Post file

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