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Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson will undergo surgery on Thursday to ascertain the extent of damage to the meniscus in his right knee, coach Gary Kubiak said.

He is out indefinitely.

Whether Anderson has a full or partial tear in the meniscus will be determined during the arthroscopic procedure, and a repair could be made. A full tear would almost surely end his season, and a partial tear could mean a four- or five-week absence.

If the Broncos elect to put Anderson on injured reserve and want to bring him back this season, he has to be out for a minimum of six weeks before he can return to practice and has to be out for a minimum of eight weeks before he can play in a game.

“So that we can further evaluate what’s going on and go from there,” Kubiak said of the surgery. “Hopefully [Thursday night] we have some idea of what’s happening and see where we’re at when we wake up [Friday] … Lot of people involved.”

Anderson posted a tweet Thursday afternoon to thank the team and fans for their support and noted that his status for the season will not be known until after his surgery.

Anderson suffered the injury during an 11-yard run on the last play of the first quarter of the Broncos’ 27-9 victory over the Houston Texans Monday night. As he closed in on Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye, Anderson tried to make a cut just before contact, planted his right foot and his knee buckled slightly as he then was tackled.

Anderson sat on the field for several moments after the play, talking to the Broncos’ trainers, and at one point grabbed his lower right leg. Anderson returned to the game in the second quarter, with a 3-yard run eight plays later.

He finished the game with 107 yards on 16 carries, his first career 100-yard rushing game before Halloween.

“He played in the game, he played through it,” Kubiak said. “There’s obviously something they need to go repair, so let’s just see to what degree that is.”

Kubiak said he spoke to Anderson by phone Thursday morning before the team meeting.

“He’s in good spirits, he’s out there with his family,” Kubiak said. “I think he understands what we have to go do and just keep our fingers crossed on the other end.”

Rookie Devontae Booker, who had 83 yards rushing against the Texans on Monday night, will start Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers at running back. Kapri Bibbs will be the No. 2 running back, and the Broncos have running back Juwan Thompson, who has been on the roster the previous two seasons, on the practice squad.

The Broncos matched an $18 million offer sheet to Anderson from the Miami Dolphins this offseason. Anderson has 437 yards rushing this season to go with four rushing touchdowns.

“[Booker] is a stud,” Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian said. “And he’s been running really well for us the last couple weeks, so hopefully we get C.J. back again, because you like to have two.”

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Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster is calling it quits.

Foster released a letter on decision to retire via The Uninterrupted.

“There comes a time in every athlete’s career when their ambition and their body are no longer on the same page. I’ve reached that point,” Foster said.

Foster was a four-time Pro Bowler for the Houston Texans before signing with Miami. He finishes his career with 6,257 rushing yards and 54 touchdowns.

“This game has been everything to me…my therapy, my joy, my solace and my enemy. I’ve learned to love every facet of this game, from the peak of accomplishment to the gutter of criticism, ” Foster said.

The Dolphins signed Foster to a one-year, $1.5 million contract one week before training camp. The team met with Foster in the spring to get an update on his Achilles rehab and kept him on the short list.

Foster won the starting job during the preseason but his tenure as the starter lasted just two games. Foster injured his groin and hamstring in Miami’s Week 2 loss to the New England Patriots and missed the next three games.

By the time Foster returned in Week 6, he didn’t look the same and Jay Ajayi made significant strides as the starter. Ajayi became just the fourth player in the Super Bowl era to post back-to-back 200-yard games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills.

Barring injury, Foster likely would have been a backup the rest of the season had he not retired. Foster also made headlines this season as one of three Dolphins players, along with receiver Kenny Stills and safety Michael Thomas, to take a knee during the national anthem before every game this season.

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — It wasn’t all bad news for the Green Bay Packers on the injury front this week: Receiver Davante Adams was activated for Thursday night’s game against the Chicago Bears.

Adams spent the week in the concussion protocol after he left last Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys because of a blow to the head. The Packers’ No. 3 receiver left in the third quarter, and the team said he was being evaluated for a concussion. He said after the game that he did not have a concussion. However, he was added to the injury report on Monday with a concussion.

He was listed as questionable on Wednesday’s injury report as a limited participant, which means he was cleared.

Adams is one of seven receivers on the Packers’ roster, and six will be active against the Bears. Jared Abbrederis (quadriceps) is the only one inactive.

That’s far better than their situation at running back and cornerback. They’re down to Knile Davis, who was acquired Tuesday in a trade with the Chiefs, and Don Jackson, who was promoted Thursday from the practice squad, in their offensive backfield. They’re expected to use receivers Ty Montgomery and Randall Cobb at running back after Eddie Lacy was placed on injured reserve earlier in the day.

The Packers listed Jackson as their starter. He has never played in an NFL game, including the preseason.

The Packers’ top three cornerbacks also are unavailable. Sam Shields (concussion) was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week while Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins both are inactive with groin injuries. It leaves LaDarius Gunter, Demetri Goodson and Josh Hawkins as the only available cornerbacks.

Also inactive are: S Chris Banjo, TE Jared Cook, RB James Starks, T Kyle Murphy. Murphy is the only healthy player on the list.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — On Monday afternoon, San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly confirmed what likely didn’t come as much of a surprise: Colin Kaepernick will remain the starting quarterback for the game Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

After the 45-16 loss Sunday to the Buffalo Bills, Kelly said he thought Kaepernick played “OK” but that there were things Kaepernick can continue to develop. Asked whether Kaepernick, who started for the first time since Week 8 of last year, would get a second start this week, Kelly said “Yeah, we’ll see.”

The coach didn’t take long to come to a conclusion, announcing at his Monday news conference that Kaepernick will get another opportunity against the Bucs.

“Colin will be our quarterback against Tampa Bay,” Kelly said. “I think there’s some things that he did on Sunday that he can build upon. For his first extended playing time since last year, I thought there were some real positives there that I think we can try to build with him and get him going. It gives us the best chance against Tampa Bay this week.”

Kelly gave Kaepernick his first start last week after five weeks with Blaine Gabbert as the starter. The Niners won the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams but have lost five straight since.

In his first start since returning from knee, shoulder and thumb surgeries, Kaepernick posted numbers similar to Gabbert’s and had a few costly misfires to open receivers down the field. He finished 13-of-29 for 187 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 66 yards on eight carries with no turnovers.

“I think he kept a lot of plays alive,” Kelly said. “Sometimes the protection broke down but he kept some plays alive from that standpoint. He did a good job keeping the ball out of harm’s way, didn’t throw any interceptions, didn’t seem like there were (any) balls where you were like ‘Geez, that was a close one.’ Sometimes you can have a game you didn’t throw any interceptions but you should have and the defense just dropped them.

“But I thought he did a good job protecting the football for us. Again, I think he had 66 yards rushing, gave us some opportunities there in the run game so going forward trying to build upon what he did this past week.”

Sunday against Tampa Bay, Kaepernick will be making his first start at Levi’s Stadium since Oct. 22, 2015, though he did make a cameo appearance in the season opener, handing off three times at the end of the win against the Rams. When the Niners last played at home against Arizona on Oct. 6, fans chanted, “We want Kap, we want Kap” in hopes that Kelly would make the change during that 33-21 defeat.

Kaepernick, who has drawn the ire of some for his protest of racial oppression and inequality, figures to get a warmer welcome at home than he did in Buffalo, where he was greeted by a loud chorus of boos as the offense first stepped on the field and fans chanted “USA, USA” at him just before he knelt during the playing of the national anthem.

After starting against the Bills, Kaepernick said the decision on whether he’d get another start isn’t up to him but he’ll try to make the most of any opportunity he gets.

“I went out, I played as hard as I could, gave this team everything I had and I’ll continue to do that every week they let me,” Kaepernick said.

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Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian will start Thursday night’s game against the San Diego Chargers after missing last week with a left (non-throwing) shoulder injury, a team official told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Siemian had been expected to start this week after he was held out of Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

“I think I’m expecting to play,” he said Tuesday.

Siemian suffered a bruised AC joint in his non-throwing shoulder just before halftime of the Broncos’ Week 4 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was held out of practice one day last week and then threw on a limited basis Thursday, Friday and Saturday before the Broncos made the decision to rule him out.

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CLEVELAND — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady(Tom Brady Jersey) was in midseason form in Sunday’s 33-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium, as he returned to action with a decisive performance after serving a four-game suspension to open the season as part of the NFL’s Deflategate punishment.

After going 28-of-40 for 406 yards with three touchdowns, Brady said he wasn’t looking back at Deflategate and appreciated the chance to “be back doing what I love to do.”

It particularly showed late in the third quarter after he ran 4 yards to the right sideline to convert a first down, then sprang to his feet to give a deliberate first-down signal in which he brought his right arm high into the air in front of him while his left hand rested on his right shoulder.

“I don’t run much, so when I do, I think I was a little excited. I’m glad we got the first down,” he said.

Brady also said that after returning to the team for the first time late Monday afternoon, “it felt very much like a normal week once I got into it.”

By Sunday, he looked calm and focused upon arriving at the stadium at 9:45 a.m. and heading directly to the team’s locker room. At 10:13 a.m., he made his way onto the field for the first time, wearing a red hoodie as he assessed the conditions and venue before walking off at 10:17.

By the time he returned to the field shortly after noon, a sizable Patriots contingent greeted his presence with a rousing cheer that almost made it feel like a home game. Brady, as is his routine, ran to the opposite end zone and thrust his right fist into the air in a show of excitement.

He then carried his fire into the game, leading the Patriots to touchdowns on their first three drives.

Veteran tight end Martellus Bennett, who caught all three of Brady’s touchdown passes, joked that all it took was a little WD-40 to get the rust off Brady, but Brady felt differently.

“I think there was plenty of rust out there. I could do better in a lot of areas,” he said. “We have a long road ahead, and we’re going to try to keep building. … 4-1 is a pretty good place to be right now.”

Asked if saw any rust from Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski turned the question around on a reporter and said, “Did you?”

“Me neither,” Gronkowski then said, laughing, after relaying that it was “super great” to have Brady back in the huddle.

“He came out on fire,” Gronkowski said.

After one of his touchdown catches, the sizable Patriots contingent began chanting “Brady! Brady! Brady!” The cheers picked up again when Brady was sent out to the offensive huddle with 6:02 remaining in regulation, then pulled in favor of Jimmy Garoppolo, with Bill Belichick seemingly doing it that way so Brady could be recognized.

“It was pretty awesome,” Brady said of the support, which included numerous signs that hung over the front row of the stadium in the pregame.

“We have amazing fans. They showed up today. It was great to hear them.”

As for Brady’s feelings about finally having Deflategate behind him, he deflected the topic.

“I was just thinking about today and what I had to do, just try to focus on what my job is,” he said. “This isn’t a time for me to reflect. … It was fun to come out and play, and it was fun to win. I think that’s the most important thing.”

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall(Brandon Marshall Jersey) waded into the Odell Beckham Jr. firestorm Wednesday, fiercely defending Beckham and claiming the New York Giants are “playing with fire” by speaking out publicly about his behavior.

“Those guys over there need to be really careful,” Marshall said Wednesday. “They don’t need to be speaking out on their teammate. They need to keep that in-house because they could lose him. I’m being honest.

“They need to rally behind him and give him the support he needs and handle that stuff in-house, whether good or bad, because whether they like it or not: He’s the best player on that team.”

Marshall, 32, once regarded as a problem child, reached out to Beckham last week after the receiver’s sideline tantrum against the Washington Redskins. Beckham had another blowup in Monday night’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

“He’s the type of guy that he can play with anger, he can play with rage,” Marshall said. “That’s not a distraction for him. He doesn’t need a sports psychologist for that because he’s still going to make that magnificent, one-handed catch.

“The problem is it may be a distraction for his teammates. There are some things that he’s done where guys don’t want to answer the same question every single week. As far as him personally needing help, he doesn’t need help. He’s still going to produce and be the beast he is.”

Marshall acknowledged that Beckham can “channel [his anger] a bit better, but there’s a thin line. He has to be himself. Monday night, he was not himself. That’s not good for them, the coach coming out and saying, ‘He needs to do this.’ No, that’s the wrong way. You’re playing with fire right there.”

The Giants don’t want to see Beckham change, either. They still want him to play with the same fire that helped him set the NFL record for most receiving yards in his first two professional seasons.

“I think he has great passion for the game and a great desire to be one heck of a player, and one thing I’d hate to see him lose is that drive and that passion,” Giants coach Ben McAdoo said. “I like him as a salty, competitive player. That is when he plays at his best. We just need to be productive when we’re doing it.”

Beckham has six unsportsmanlike conduct, unnecessary roughness or taunting penalties in 31 career games. But quarterback Eli Manning remained unconcerned after Monday night’s latest infraction for taunting.

“Well, again, I don’t know if he should’ve been called for it. He felt he was hit late. He didn’t hit anybody late,” Manning said. “He seemed to be complaining more to the ref about it than anything. He obviously got called for taunting. I don’t know if that was a taunting necessarily.

“He had one incident last year that I feel is inappropriate with [Josh] Norman, and since that I don’t think he’s done anything that has been harmful to another player. So I don’t think it’s a big deal.”

Marshall called Beckham one of the top five players in the NFL, claiming there’s a lot of pressure on him.

“There are two cameras on him every Sunday,” Marshall said. “It’s part of the process. LeBron James went through it, too. This comes with the territory of being a superstar. It comes with it. He’s going to be OK.”