According to ESPN, the Denver Broncos have placed running back C.J. Anderson on injured reserve on Friday. While players are eligible to come off of IR in eight weeks, Anderson is expected to miss the remainder of the 2016 season.

The injured running back

The injury occurred on Monday night, when the Broncos hosted the Houston Texans in a 27-9 victory. On the last play of the first quarter, Anderson attempted to make a cut around cornerback A.J. Bouye to extend an 11-yard rush. As he went to make the move, Anderson planted his right foot, which buckled under the pressure. He was slow to get up, but eventually returned in the second quarter.

He finished the game with 107 rushing yards.

It was later discovered that he injured the meniscus in his right knee, which required a minor arthroscopic procedure performed on Thursday. While some sources claimed Anderson could be back within a month, his injured reserve designation puts an end to that speculation. Despite the diagnosis, Anderson has vowed to attempt a return if the Broncos qualify for the playoffs.

Broncos outlook

To this point of the season, Anderson had been the top running back for the Broncos. After matching an offer preventing him from being signed by the Miami Dolphins this offseason, Anderson has rewarded the team with 437 rushing yards and four touchdowns. The dropoff to Devontae Booker isn't necessarily steep, though; the rookie, drafted out of Utah in the fourth round, averages 4.8 yards per carry and has a rushing touchdown so far this season.

Kapri Bibbs will serve as his backup.

The Broncos are 5-2 this season, and are currently tied with the Oakland Raiders for the lead in the AFC West. The team has relied more on the running game this season due to the inexperience of new starting quarterback Trevor Siemian, who has played well when healthy.

The backbone of the Broncos, however, is their NFL-leading defense, which propelled them to a Super Bowl victory last year.

The Broncos will continue their season as they host their divisional rival San Diego Chargers on Sunday at 4:05 PM ET.

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