BroncosÂ running backÂ C.J. Anderson, whoÂ underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee Thursday,Â could return in as little as four weeks, an unidentifiedÂ source told ESPN on Friday.
Still, though Anderson himself said the surgery “was a super success,” he told 9News.comÂ on Friday from his California hospital room, “IÂ donât know if Iâm playing this season or if Iâm out this season,Â but if you know anything about me Iâm going to grind until I get back to the top of my game and be better than what I was before.”
Anderson’sÂ surgeon, Dr. Arthur Ting, will consult with the Broncos’ medical team to come up with a rough estimate of Anderson’s recovery time. In the meantime, he’ll be off his feetÂ for the next two to three weeks and at home in Vallejo, Calif., for part of that time.
However, if the Broncos place Anderson on injured reserve as early as Friday, he will be out of game action a minimum of eight weeks, under NFL rules. That would have him returning for the regularÂ season’s final two games at the earliest: Dec. 25 against the Chiefs and Jan. 1 against the Raiders.
Meantime, rookie Devontae Booker is expected to start in Anderson’s place Sunday against the Chargers withÂ Kapri Bibbs, who has four career carries in three seasons, as his backup.
“BookÂ and Bibbs, I know theyâll hold it down,”Â Anderson told 9News.com. “Theyâve got a lot of talent and we have coach (Eric) Studesville. â¦ What heâs done for me, heâs going to do for Book and Kapri. Heâs one of the best running back coaches in the game.”
Updated at 4:04 p.m. ET