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  • C.J. Anderson was more banged up than originally thought earlier in season

    The bye week came for a perfect time for Broncos running back C.J. Anderson.

    His struggles on the field were well-documented. A 2.7 yard per carry average, second-worst in the NFL, was enough to have many calling for fellow back Ronnie Hillman to take his starting role.

    Early ankle and toe injuries limited him in practice in the season’s opening weeks, but he hasn’t been on the injury report in weeks. That doesn’t mean he still wasn’t banged up.

    “I wasn’t as healthy as I thought,” Anderson said. “I had some old injuries that bothered (me), I can’t really say. I didn’t know it was that serious until I felt it.”

    Anderson pointed to a third-and-1 in overtime in the Broncos’ Week 6 win at Cleveland. Veteran right guard Louis Vasquez, a player typically reserved with his words, told Anderson that they were going to get this first down. And they did.

    Anderson ran to the left side for six yards and the first down. He let out a yell, full of emotion. After five weeks of shortcomings, there was pride in that one monumental success. The next play Anderson ran for 11 yards, which led to the game-winning field goal by Brandon McManus.

    “We need that feeling every play. We need that feeling every game,” Anderson said.

    He also felt the pain of Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy, who, like Anderson, excelled last season before taking a big step back early on this season.

    “I like Eddie. He’s a good back,” Anderson said. “He’s having a tough year, too, being banged up. It’s not a good year for backs around the league.”

    Lacy was battling an ankle injury earlier in the season, but was not listed on the injury report before the Packers’ Week 6 game against San Diego. He had only four carries for three yards, while running back James Starks got the ball 10 times for 112 yards.

    Anderson wasn’t willing to go as far to say he is fully healthy, but he did say he’s felt better than he has in a while. The running game is coming off its best game of the year with 152 rushing yards against the Browns. Most of them came from Hillman, but Anderson’s overtime efforts were key, as well.


    I hope he can get things going again, starting this weekend against the Packers

  • #2
    I've actually been wondering if there was more to his sudden disappearance than just a poor o-line. Hopefully he's healed up and ready to tear the packers a new one.
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    • #3
      Doesn't surprise me. Although even in pre-season, Hillman had better stats with the first team than Anderson. Hopefully both can get going against Green Bay... Thompson too.

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      • #4
        Anderson also has been pressing it too, trying to force success into the run game. Don't also forget that Anderson got popped in the Detroit game and was evaluated for a concussion, that probably didn't help his injuries.
        A healthy Kenneth Dixon is a top 5 NFL RB.

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        • #5
          He's been banged up all season. I hope the bye allowed him to recharge.
          "Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes." ~ Publilius Syrus

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