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Broncos Injury Update: CJ Anderson suffers concussion against Seahawks

By on 8/09/2014 12:15:00 PM

Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson left the pre-season rematch of Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks Thursday night with what appeared to be concussion-like symptoms, according to Sports Illustrated. Anderson took a thundering hit from Seahawks linebacker Brock Coyle, and was staggered as he attempted to walk off the field. Anderson is now considered week-to-week.

Anderson is no stranger to injury, as he was carted off the field after suffering a right knee injury during practice in August of last summer's training camp. Diagnosis revealed a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL) marking his recovery time to 4-6 weeks. Even though this was the summer of 2013, many eyes are watching Anderson to see if he can bounce back. He returned to action on October 27th in a game against the Washington Redskins.

During Thursday's preseason opener, resulting in a 21-16 Denver win, Coyle delivered a big blow to Anderson who was dazed as he attempted to walk off the field. Anderson has been battling Ronnie Hillman for the No. 2 running back duties for the Broncos. According to the league's protocol, even if a player is symptom-free the following day, he can return only to light exercise on the second and third day following the concussion. He can participate only in the non-contact aspects of practice four days after the game when the injury was suffered.
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Prior to going down Anderson ran once for five yards and caught two passes for nine yards. Depending on how long Anderson is out he could be forced to enter the season as No. 3 on the depth chart.

The hit went directly to Anderson's helmet, according to ESPN NFL Nation reporter Jeff Legwold. Legwold's Thursday night tweets:
Anderson himself went to Twitter to assure the world he was fine:
The second-year running back has been in the shadow of Hillman, Montee Ball and then-Bronco Knowshon Moreno. The 23 year-old, 5'8" 224 pound Anderson has a career seven rushing attempts for 38 yards in just five games. In the Broncos post-season run to Super Bowl XLVIII, he played in one game, totalling two rushing attempts for nine yards, averaging 4.5 yards per carry.

 At California University, Anderson had 198 rushing attempts, 22 receptions for a total of 1,485 combined yards with 14 touchdowns in just two seasons. Before going to Cal, Anderson went to Laney College where he was second in the state of California and the NorCal conference leader in rushing as a sophomore. In 2010 he racked up 1,644 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground. In his freshman year there, he rushed for 693 yards and three touchdowns.

Why am I showing all these stats? I want to make a valiant effort to prove that Anderson, an undrafted rookie in 2013, is worthy of the Broncos attention. He may not be Moreno, Ball, or Hillman, but he is definitely one to keep an eye on. Any man that can walk on, tryout, and earn a spot on the Denver Broncos, is worth my personal high praise. Hopefully Anderson can stay healthy and be a driving force in Denver's running game.

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