Broncos Announce Honors For C.J. Anderson, Connor Barth & Chris Harris

DENVER (CBS4) – It was a good week for Denver Broncos players as two won league honors and another got recognized by the team.

The Broncos on Wednesday announced that running back C.J. Anderson was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Denver’s 47-14 win against the Oakland Raiders.

It was the first such recognition of Anderson’s career and the fourth for a Broncos player this season (TE Julius Thomas, Wk. 1; WR Demaryius Thomas, Wk. 5; QB Peyton Manning, Wk. 7).

Anderson had three rushing touchdowns to go along with his 87 yards against the Raiders. He also added two receptions for 20 yards.

“With his effort, he joined Broncos running back Terrell Davis as the only players in franchise history with multiple games in a season rushing for at least three touchdowns,” the Broncos said in a statement.

Not to be outdone by Anderson, Broncos kicker Connor Barth was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for December.

Kicker Connor Barth #1 of the Denver Broncos makes a 19-yard field goal against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 14, 2014 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Kicker Connor Barth #1 of the Denver Broncos makes a 19-yard field goal against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 14, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

“This represents the first such honor of his career and the eighth in Broncos history since the award was initiated by the NFL in 1993,” the Broncos said.

Barth was successful on 10-of-11 field goal attempts and converted all 13 extra point attempts in four games during December. He also had 5-for-5 game in field goals against the San Diego Chargers two weeks ago.

The team on Wednesday also announced they selected cornerback Chris Harris Jr. as the recipient of their 2014 Ed Block Courage Award.

“Each year, the Ed Block Courage Award honors players who exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage,” the team said.

Cornerback Chris Harris #25 of the Denver Broncos celebrates a defensive stop against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 14, 2014 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Cornerback Chris Harris #25 of the Denver Broncos celebrates a defensive stop against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 14, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Harris was recognized for making his first career Pro Bowl following an ACL tear in last season’s AFC Divisional Playoff Game.

“The Ed Block Courage Award is named in honor of Ed Block, the longtime head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts, who was a pioneer in his profession and a respected humanitarian. Recipients are selected by their teammates for exceptional courage, great character and inspiring effort.”

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– By Matthew J. Buettner, CBSDenver.com

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