All of a sudden, the Denver Broncos are staring at a much thinner depth chart at the running back position.
Devontae Booker will begin camp on the physically unable to perform list with a wrist injury he suffered back in minicamp, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, citing a source informed of the situation. Booker had been lifting with a fractured wrist for weeks, but aggravated the injury in training, Rapoport added.
Rapoport added that Booker has a six-week recovery timetable and the Broncos will revisit his roster status around Week 1 of the regular season.
While C.J. Anderson was expected to take the lead, Booker was a nice buffer between the presumptive starter and the 30-year-old Jamaal Charles, who the Broncos signed on a flier this offseason. Now Charles, who was recently cleared for on-field activities himself, could find himself thrust into a larger role.
The addition of guard Ronald Leary and the return of center Matt Paradis could give Denver a sneakily good offensive line this year despite its recent troubles. Booker was supposed to be a large part of the team's ground game renaissance after a ho-hum rookie campaign. Now, he'll have to focus on recovery and rehab first.