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Devontae Booker out estimated six weeks with small wrist fracture

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Running back Devontae Booker will miss about six weeks with a fracture in his right wrist, Head Coach Vance Joseph said Thursday.

"We won't lose him for the season, but training camp's out," said Joseph on Thursday on Orange and Blue Radio. "And that's a shame for him, because he had a strong spring. He's coming on strong. He wants to be the guy. He's got good, young legs. So for him, it's a shame. But that being said, it's a full room. We've got plenty of guys to play until he comes back. We've got four or five guys to play here."

Booker will undergo surgery on Friday.

Added Joseph: "It happened in OTAs, and he felt fine with it. He went home for the summer and came back and got his physical and it was still bothering him a little bit so we took an X-ray, and it was there."

Joseph said the injury wouldn't prevent Booker from playing, but that the team was concerned with his "quality of life moving forward."

"The right thing for him is to fix it," Joseph said. "That's the best the best thing for this kid as far as quality of life moving forward. We'll get him back in six weeks. We'll be fine."

C.J. Anderson will likely get most of the first-team reps with Booker out and the Broncos limiting Jamaal Charles' workload. Booker's injury should mean increased reps for Juwan Thompson and rookie De'Angelo Henderson.

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