Wrist in­jury will put run­ning back Booker on PUP to be­gin train­ing camp

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Nicki Jhab­vala

Bron­cos run­ning back Devon­tae Booker is ex­pected to go on the phys­i­cally un­able to per­form list with a wrist in­jury and will miss at least six weeks, an NFL source con­firmed.

Ac­cord­ing to one source, Booker suf­fered a hair­line frac­ture. He was in­jured late in or­ga­nized team ac­tiv­i­ties in June, and it con­tin­ued to bother him upon re­port­ing to train­ing camp Wed­nes­day.

Booker can be re­moved from the PUP at any point be­fore the start of the reg­u­lar sea­son but can­not go back on the list once he prac­tices. Should he need longer than six weeks to re­cover, he will miss the Bron­cos’ sea­son opener against the Charg­ers on Sept. 11.

En­ter­ing his se­cond sea­son, Booker is ex­pected to play a vi­tal role in the back­field with vet­eran C.J. An­der­son. As a rookie, Booker led the Bron­cos with 174 car­ries, 612 yards rush­ing and four rush­ing touch­downs, tak­ing the lead when An­der­son went down with a menis­cus in­jury seven games into the sea­son.

Wed­nes­day, the day be­fore the start of train­ing camp, coach Vance Joseph said Booker and An­der­son would share most of the first- and se­cond-team reps with Juwan Thomp­son, while Ja­maal Charles would bounce among first-, sec­on­dand third-team reps as he con­tin­ues to work his way back to full speed.

Booker’s ab­sence, how­ever, cre­ates op­por­tu­nity for Thomp­son, rookie De’An­gelo Hen­der­son and vet­eran Bernard Pierce to see more work.

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