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C.J. Anderson has a sprained MCL

It is always a serious thing when a player is carted off the field. In Broncos Country everyone was thinking the worse, but C.J. received some good news this afternoon when he learned he had a sprained MCL as opposed to a torn ACL.

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To make matters worse this afternoon, Peyton Manning was quoted as saying he could hear CJ scream in pain when it happened:

Mike Klis tweeted that the injury was indeed just an MCL and while he originally cited the time table as 2-4 weeks, has since revised his information:

At the high end of the recovery time of 6 weeks, that would put his return around week 3 or 4 of the regular season.  Since CJ has already practiced this preseason, he cannot be placed on the PUP list.  I would say he's a prime candidate for the practice squad and given his limited action in preseason thus far coupled with his injury, would probably clear waivers.

Broncos could still activate him at any time during the regular season.

It looks like both Jeremiah Johnson and Knowshon Moreno will be out of this weekend's preseason game against Seattle.  Expect to see a healthy serving of Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman along with an more touches from Jacob Hester and Lance Ball.