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Lance Ball | Running Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/19/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 224
College: Maryland
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Broncos released RB Lance Ball.
Ball's release means the Broncos will likely keep UDFA C.J. Anderson on the 53-man roster. None of his one-year, $1.323 million contract was guaranteed. Ball has averaged 4.2 yards on 192 career carries. Fri, Aug 30, 2013 07:05:00 PM

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Broncos re-signed restricted free agent RB Lance Ball to a one-year, $1.323 million contract.

Ball, 28 in June, rushed 42 times for 158 yards (3.76 YPC) and one score last season, also catching seven balls for 61 yards. Ball is a plodding runner, but can pick up the blitz and play some special teams. The $1.323 million salary is not guaranteed. Ball will compete for a roster spot in training camp.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 06:06:00 PM

Broncos tendered restricted free agent RB Lance Ball at the original-round level.

Ball, 28 in June, rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown on 42 carries last season. He'll return no higher than the No. 3 or 4 running back under the $1.323 million tender. Ball will still have to fight for a roster spot.
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 06:44:00 PM

Lance Ball rushed 15 times for 66 yards and a touchdown in Denver's Week 17 blowout of the Chiefs.

It was Ball — and not rookie Ronnie Hillman — who got the rock in clock-killing mode after the Broncos went up 28-3 early in the third quarter. Hillman was being punished for a lost fumble in the first half. Ball's 15 carries were a new season by nine, while the 66 yards represented nearly 66 percent of his 2012 total coming into this afternoon. It's perhaps a sign that Ball will back-up Knowshon Moreno in the playoffs, but he's still unlikely to enter 2013 higher than No. 4 on the depth chart.
Sun, Dec 30, 2012 08:24:00 PM

Lance Ball was a healthy scratch in the Broncos' Week 15 win over the Ravens.

Ball has fallen behind Jacob Hester, who was signed off the street three weeks ago.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Dec 17, 2012 11:48:00 AM

Lance Ball didn't touch the ball in Denver's Week 12 win over the Chiefs.

After Knowshon Moreno was surprisingly announced as the starter, the Broncos' expected three-man backfield in the absence of Willis McGahee never came to pass. Moreno was an every-down back. Although it's possible Ronnie Hillman's role will increase in Week 13, Ball can be safely ignored in all formats of fantasy.
Sun, Nov 25, 2012 04:36:00 PM

Despite Willis McGahee's second-quarter knee injury, Lance Ball received only six carries for 35 yards and caught three passes for 21 yards in the Broncos' Week 11 win over the Chargers.

Ball was second in line for carries behind Ronnie Hillman (12). Ball has a lot less juice in his legs than Denver's third-round rookie, and is more of a plodding pass protector. Ball will only be worth picking up for desperate fantasy owners this week. Hillman projects as the Broncos' starter and primary ball carrier until McGahee returns. Denver faces Kansas City in Week 12.
Sun, Nov 18, 2012 08:37:00 PM

Lance Ball rushed seven times for 16 yards in Denver's Week 3 loss to the Texans.

Ball lost a yard on his lone reception. Ball was called on for five carries after Willis McGahee left with a third-quarter rib injury, but gained a pathetic seven yards. With the Broncos facing a 1st-and-goal from the Texans' one-yard line with 4:02 remaining, Ball proceeded to lose five yards on two carries. Rookie Ronnie Hillman should be the better fantasy bet if McGahee is out for Week 4.
Sun, Sep 23, 2012 09:03:00 PM

Lance Ball rushed twice for 14 yards in Denver's Week 1 win over the Steelers.

Ball was clearly third on the totem pole, seeing three fewer carries than backup Knowshon Moreno. That could change, however, after Moreno managed only 13 yards and struggled in pass protection. Neither player is a threat to Willis McGahee. Working his way back to 100 percent following a preseason hamstring injury, rookie Ronnie Hillman could be back in the Broncos' backfield mix as soon as next week.
Mon, Sep 10, 2012 01:17:00 AM

The injury that forced Broncos RB Lance Ball from Sunday night's game was a "rib bruise."

He's resumed practicing. Peyton Manning suggested the Broncos will count on Ball as the primary passing-down back this season. "He has shown the ability to run routes like a receiver out of the backfield," said Manning. "That's another weapon hopefully we can take advantage of this year to get the linebackers (and) safeties out on him."
Mon, Aug 27, 2012 10:00:00 PM

Broncos RB Lance Ball exited Sunday night's preseason game against the 49ers with a rib injury.

Coach John Fox said after the game that the Broncos came out "pretty good" in terms of health of their roster. Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post also tweeted that Ball's injury didn't appear significant in the locker room. Ball has been the Broncos' No. 2 back all preseason, well ahead of Ronnie Hillman.
Sun, Aug 26, 2012 08:44:00 PM

Lance Ball is listed as the second-team running back on the Broncos' first preseason depth chart.

Ball finished out last year as Willis McGahee's backup, averaging a healthy 4.2 YPC and showing well on passing downs. He's now ahead of rookie Ronnie Hillman and a rehabbing Knowshon Moreno. But if McGahee were to go down, the Broncos would likely employ a committee approach in the run game while leaning even more on Peyton Manning's arm.
Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:50:00 PM

Lance Ball began training camp as the No. 2 tailback behind Willis McGahee.

Ball earned the coaching staff's trust as a passing-down complement to McGahee late last season, so it's no surprise that he's ahead of Knowshon Moreno (ACL surgery) and raw rookie Ronnie Hillman. Size-speed project Mario Fannin, returning from an ACL injury of his own, also saw snaps with the second-team offense.
Source: Denver Post
Thu, Jul 26, 2012 07:58:00 PM

Broncos tendered exclusive rights free agents RB Lance Ball, P Britton Colquitt, and OT Chris Clark.

Ball closed out last season as the passing-down complement to Willis McGahee. The Broncos are expected to seek an upgrade for McGahee's running mate in 2012. Boosted by Denver's thin air, Britton graded out as Pro Football Focus' top-ranked punter last season.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Mar 12, 2012 10:55:00 PM

Lance Ball rushed nine times for 24 yards in Denver's Week 17 loss to the Chiefs.

A typically plodding day for a back who's had trouble taking advantage of the Broncos' run-heavy attack this season. An impending exclusive rights free agent, Ball finishes 2011 with 96 rushes for 402 yards and 16 catches for 148 yards. Depending on how Knowshon Moreno's recovery from a torn ACL goes this offseason, Ball might not be brought back to back-up an aging and fragile Willis McGahee in 2012.
Sun, Jan 1, 2012 09:05:00 PM

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