BRON­COS PICK UP RB JUSTIN FORSETT

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Nick Groke

For a large chunk of the Bron­cos’ sea­son-sav­ing vic­tory Sun­day at Jack­sonville, their health­i­est run­ning back was Juwan Thomp­son. But he is a full­back, and he had just three car­ries this sea­son be­fore Sun­day. The Bron­cos were that thin in the back­field.

So Den­ver on Mon­day claimed for­mer Detroit Li­ons run­ning back Justin Forsett off the waiver wire. To make room on their ros­ter, the Bron­cos put backup run­ning back Kapri Bibbs on sea­so­nend­ing in­jured re­serve. He suf­fered a high an­kle sprain against Jack­sonville.

The Bron­cos rank 23rd in the NFL in yards rush­ing, av­er­ag­ing 100.2 per game, and now are with­out their Nos. 1 and 3 run­ning backs as well as their start­ing full­back, all lost for the sea­son be­cause of in­juries.

“That’s good for us, get­ting more depth,” Den­ver run­ning back Devon­tae Booker said. “Right now at the run­ning back po­si­tion, we’re drop­ping like flies. So it’s great to have him. Can’t wait to meet him.”

Booker fig­ures to get the ma­jor­ity of car­ries go­ing for­ward. Forsett, 31, was cut by the Li­ons on Satur­day af­ter two games with the team. But he has a promis­ing his­tory with Bron­cos coach Gary Ku­biak.

Forsett ran for a ca­reer-high 1,266 yards in 2014 with the Bal­ti­more Ravens, when Ku­biak was his of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor. Forsett’s ad­di­tion to the Bron­cos’ ros­ter this late in the sea­son should be off­set some by his fa­mil­iar­ity with Ku­biak and his play­book.

“Been at dinner did I miss any­thing while I was away?” Forsett joked on Twit­ter Mon­day af­ter­noon. “Oh yeah what’s the weather like in Den­ver?”

Forsett was drafted by Seat­tle in the sev­enth round in 2008. He has also played with the In­di­anapo­lis Colts, Hous­ton Tex­ans and Jack­sonville Jaguars over nine sea­sons.

Af­ter Bibbs left Florida in a walk­ing boot on Sun­day, the Bron­cos hopped into the freeagent mar­ket for help.

“Uh, yeah. It’s a con­cern,” Ku­biak said Mon­day at Dove Val­ley about the run­ning back sit­u­a­tion be­fore the Bron­cos of­fi­cially added Forsett. “It has a lot to do with, can you play with two backs? Yeah, we’ve done that. Juwan is ready to go. He got pushed into ser­vice Sun­day, and there were pe­ri­ods of time when he was the only healthy guy we had. We’ll see. It’s some­thing John and I al­ways look at. We’ve been there.”

Bibbs, a for­mer Colorado State stand­out, needed just five at­tempts to lead the Bron­cos’ rush­ing at­tack against Jack­sonville, with 49 yards, in­clud­ing a 24-yard run in the first quar­ter. Booker had just 35 yards on 18 car­ries.

Bibbs un­der­went a mag­netic res­o­nance imag­ing ex­am­i­na­tion Mon­day at Dove Val­ley, which showed no bro­ken bones, Bibbs said.

“I told Greek (Bron­cos ath­letic trainer Steve Antonop­u­los) that I’m like Wolver­ine. I heal quick,” Bibbs said, ref­er­enc­ing the comic book char­ac­ter.

The Bron­cos’ No. 1 run­ning back, C.J. An­der­son, is out for the sea­son af­ter suf­fer­ing torn menis­cus in his right knee.

Full­back Andy Janovich was lost last week to a sea­son-end­ing an­kle in­jury. The Bron­cos scraped by against the Jaguars on just 206 yards to­tal of­fense.

“We were play­ing a team that was ex­cel­lent against the pass. We knew that go­ing into the game,” Ku­biak said. “We wanted to com­mit to the run. Kapri gave us a boost. He came in and ran re­ally well. We did some good things in the first half. In the sec­ond half, we did not at all. It’s a con­cern.”

Jared Wickerham, Getty Images

Justin Forsett of the Bal­ti­more Ravens runs with the ball in the 2014 AFC Divi­sional Play­offs.

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