On September 23, the Denver Broncos released C.J. Anderson after he suffered an ankle injury in their game against the Seattle Seahawks. Later that day, it was revealed that he had torn his Achilles tendon.
The Broncos have a very good running back depth chart: Devontae Booker, who is also a pass catcher, and De’Angelo Henderson are next in line. Booker is currently listed as the starter with Henderson behind him.
The Broncos’ offense will miss Anderson’s production but there are other opportunities for him to contribute. If he can prove himself healthy and reliable, he may be able to sneak onto the field when needed or return as a situational pass catcher.
Anderson was signed in March 2017 as an undrafted free agent out of Memphis by current head coach Vance Joseph who has been on board since 2011 when Denver went 14-4 and beat New England in Super Bowl XLVIII. During his time with the Broncos Anderson has averaged 3.2 yards per carry (YPC) on 444 career carries for 2,037 yards and 13 touchdowns over 44 games. He is one of five Broncos players to win two Super Bowls (Broncos were 8-0 under Joseph before losing Super Bowl 50 to Cam Newton and Carolina Panthers).
This is a blog about the NFL, but it’s not just any old blog. It’s actually a brief review of all the NFL results, including links to all the other results in other leagues. Because those are the kind of blog posts that people read, and that people remember.
If you think the NFL is boring, or if you’ve sworn off sports blogs altogether, this might not be for you. But if you’re looking for a way to see what’s going on in the world of sports, and also why it’s important, and also how it works, this is for you.
Since I’m a football fan too, I’ll try to keep things interesting. Even if “interesting” means “more depressing than usual.”
I’m going to do a quick post on today’s NFL scores, because I want to point out something that is often not understood by people who are watching or participating in the game.
I’m talking about sports scores in general, and I’m specifically talking about football scores.
In most sports, the score is based on a combination of objective events and subjective opinion. You can look up the final score of the Washington-Houston game and see that it was 70-34; but if you asked Houston fans how they felt in the 70th minute, they might have thought it was closer than it actually was. In football, there is almost no room for such uncertainty. The objective facts are pretty well known: first downs, yards gained, touchdowns scored, etc… But opinions about what “should” have happened are rarely as fixed as you think.
C.J. Anderson’s injury is a good example.* He took a big hit from Ronald Leary, who himself was running toward the sidelines like he had just been hit by a truck. When Anderson fell to the ground writhing in pain, many people thought he had suffered a serious injury; but his left ankle wasn’t actually broken. However, even though he walked off under his own power after being helped
It turns out that the official report on an NFL injury is not always the same as a real doctor’s report. The reason is that there are professional referees who are paid to make certain calls, even if they are wrong, and they sometimes make those calls when it’s clear that they were wrong.
For example, in the case of C.J. Anderson, he was ruled out by the official ruling but he was never seriously injured by any real doctor or trainers. He was being treated for dehydration and treated like a football player because he was one of the best players on the team. But if you look at the real doctors reports, they say he wasn’t dehydrated nor was he hurt by contact with a defensive player. The doctors also say that C.J.’s ankle has been taped before and after this game–and his ankle has been taped before and after every game–and that tape has never been replaced in his ankle pad since this game–it’s still in place today so he should be fine for next week against New England.
As for the ESPN announcers, their use of “out” is a little strange because it suggests that Anderson could have played but only if it turned out he could play again or even get back on the field or
A common complaint about sports scores is that they are “too important.” Many people think the only thing that matters is the final score, and that the score should be reported as a sentence or a phrase rather than as a number. But, for most sports, this attitude is not just wrong but dangerous, because there’s a lot more information in a score than in a single number. A score can tell you what is happening, where things are going and so on.
The most obvious example of this is baseball: when two batters start at the plate and both strike out, we don’t say they have gotten “called” out. We know they have struck out to end the inning. The same goes for football and basketball, although the situation is slightly different: if two players run into each other on an interception return and collide to bring down one of them, we don’t say they were “caught” or “tackled.” But we do say they were “touched.” And that means something similar: it shows which way the play was going when it happened.
If you could go back in time and warn people about the effects of climate change, would you? I don’t mean the whole world; just the people who were making decisions about what to do. I bet you would.
It’s a lot harder to imagine going back in time and warning people about how sports would be affected by climate change. But if we could, it would be our responsibility to try.
In the NFL, there are two ways to score: touchdowns and field goals. The first is what we call “real” football, the second is “fake” football. In most sports, they are not distinguished at all, except by their names. In baseball, for example, a homerun is a home run and an error is an error. If you hit the ball out of the park but it bounces off the wall into left field instead of scoring a run, it’s a double.
But not in baseball. In baseball, there are no doubles or triples or grand slams or jacks or homers or outs: after one inning ends another starts immediately so that there can always be a play at any instant in time. Baseball lets you score from any point on the field whether it’s your turn to bat or your turn to walk up to
The “reveal” is a way to make the event seem less accidental and more planned. For example, in Nascar, it’s common for announcers to say things like, “He’s not going to win the race because he held up traffic.” It’s a way of making Nascar races seem more like real-world races–and less like a game.
The NFL scores reveal is the opposite: it makes a game seem less planned, and more like an accident. The entire strategy seems to be to avoid saying anything that would give away what they’re doing. Instead they imply that the team has no choice but to do what they’re doing. They speak as if the game is a stage play that is running exactly as rehearsed.
In essence, then, the reveal is a kind of pre-emptive denial. The teams are trying desperately to pretend they don’t know how this game is going to turn out.