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Theo Riddick out 6-8 weeks with fractured shoulder

It’s a good thing the Denver Broncos have depth at running back, because they just lost their latest addition for two months.

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Looks like Booker will start the season as RB3 after all.
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The Broncos’ morning practice brought news that newly signed running back Theo Riddick will miss some time with an injury.

The timing is unfortunate as the Broncos have only had Riddick in camp about a week. Last Thursday’s game against the Seahawks gave a glimpse as to Rich Scangarello’s plan for the veteran running back.

Purely speculative here, but one of the things that’s going to be a bit of a challenge is how the Broncos will have to build the roster around an injured Riddkick and Andy Janovich. Coach Fangio admitted as much after practice Sunday, but added that every team goes through it.

Luckily Devontae Booker remains on the roster, so presumably he’d step back in as the third running back behind Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman. There were rumors that he could be traded when it became clear Riddick would sign with the Broncos. David Williams, Devontae Jackson, and Khalfani Muhammad could also fight their way into consideration, but both rookies missed critical blocks last Thursday.

Undrafted rookie George “Juggerneck” Aston will probably step into Jano’s void. It sounds like Fangio and the coaching staff have certainly noticed the undrafted free agent.

There aren’t many fullbacks out there these days in college or pro football, so there’s not an abundance of them. I think he’s had a nice catch and run after the catch the other night. He’s got a chance.”