ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos are closing in on a decision that would make their backfield more crowded.

Running back Devontae Booker, who was poised to work with the starters when training camp opened until surgery to repair a fracture in his wrist sidelined him in the preseason, is nearing a return to the lineup. Booker has practiced, at least on a limited basis, since the start of the regular season, but has not played in any of the Broncos’ first three games.

“Booker had a great week; he’s gotten better each day,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said after Friday’s practice. “We’ll see on Sunday.”

The Broncos’ plan has always been for Booker to be among a group of running backs sharing the workload alongside C.J. AndersonJamaal Charles and rookie De’Angelo Henderson. But Booker has been a game-day inactive in each of Denver’s three games.

So if Booker is activated Sunday against the Oakland Raiders or after next week’s bye, it would mean a player who has been in uniform for the opening three weeks will not be.

“To bring Book up, it will have a chain reaction as far as special teams and halfback reps,” Joseph said.

To this point, Anderson and Charles have split most of the carries, having taken 81 of the team’s 98 rushing attempts. Quarterback Trevor Siemian has 14 carries on scrambles while Henderson, wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie and fullback Andy Janovich each have one rushing attempt.

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