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Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) runs against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Denver.
Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) runs against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Denver. (Joe Mahoney / Associated Press)

C.J. Anderson's 2015 season began Jan. 12 at 1:20 a.m.

John Fox still was his coach. Julius Thomas still was his teammate. And Peyton Manning still was unsure if he was fit for an 18th year in the game. But Anderson had reset his NFL clock.

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"I'm sorry I didn't make enough plays 2nite," he Tweeted after the Broncos lost to the Colts in the divisional playoffs.

"Can't believe my season is really over."

As reality set in, so did frustration. And after more than 242 days, the stinging defeat has yet to be cleared from Anderson's system. He still thinks about it. He still replays in his mind what he could have done differently, what he could have done better.

"With the opportunity that I had, there were a lot of mishaps that I felt like I didn't do enough to help my team win," Anderson said Wednesday. "If I get a lot of touches, I'm expecting results."

That loss was instantly converted to fuel for 2015.

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