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Montee Ball | Running Back

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (23) / 12/5/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 215
College: Wisconsin
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Montee Ball (groin) is not practicing Wednesday.
Ball won't play this week against Miami. C.J. Anderson is locked in as the starter. Nov 19 - 1:53 PM

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The Denver Post reports Montee Ball will be sidelined 2-3 weeks after aggravating his groin injury in Sunday's loss to the Rams.

That's actually good news after Ball missed five games the first time around. We wouldn't have been surprised to see him land on injured reserve. With Ronnie Hillman (foot) also expected to miss another week, the Broncos will go forward with undrafted rookies Juwan Thompson and Kapri Bibbs behind C.J. Anderson. Anderson will be in the RB1 mix against the Dolphins. Ball can be safely dropped in 12-14 team leagues.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 17 - 5:09 PM

Montee Ball is headed for a Monday MRI on his groin.

Ball aggravated the groin injury that caused him to miss the previous five games. The Denver Post suspects that he'll be out longer than Julius Thomas (ankle) or Emmanuel Sanders (concussion), and we fear Ball could be done for the season. C.J. Anderson continues to trend up in a big way as Ronnie Hillman (foot) could be out up to six weeks.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 16 - 8:57 PM

Montee Ball re-injured his groin in Week 11 against the Rams.

Ball limped off the field after his first play back from a five-game absence. He tried to re-enter, but popped the groin again trying to make a catch out of the backfield. Ball's season may be over. And with Ronnie Hillman (foot) also staring at an extended absence, it's all C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson.
Nov 16 - 2:15 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on Sunday Countdown that the Broncos will continue to ride the "hot hand" at running back in their Week 11 game against the Rams.

"Whoever gets the hot hand, they'll ride that hot hand," were Mort's words. C.J. Anderson is expected to start the game, but Montee Ball and Juwan Thompson could both be involved. The upside on Anderson is inarguable, but there is risk involved, too, because his workload lacks certainty. He should be viewed as a high-ceiling RB2 play against the Rams. Ball is a risky flex. Anderson has not made much noise this season beyond goal-line TDs on fluky fullback dives.
Nov 16 - 12:10 PM

Montee Ball (groin) is listed as probable for Week 11.

Ball's workload is unclear, but he'll be out there against the Rams. Most signs point toward Ball being eased into the lineup, with C.J. Anderson as the tentative favorite for carries. But the approach will be "hot hand."
Nov 14 - 4:29 PM

Montee Ball (groin) is practicing in full for Week 11.

It confirms Ball is on track to return this week. With Ronnie Hillman sidelined, Ball has a chance to regain his starting job. The Broncos plan to go with a hot-hand approach between Ball and C.J. Anderson.
Nov 12 - 3:32 PM

The Denver Post confirms Montee Ball (groin) is expected to return in Week 11 at St. Louis.

His return is coming at a good time from a fantasy standpoint, as Ronnie Hillman will miss "at least" two weeks with a mid-foot sprain. C.J. Anderson's breakout Week 10 performance against the Raiders muddles the Broncos' backfield for now. We're expecting Anderson to lead the team in Week 11 touches, and the Broncos to utilize a "hot-hand" approach thereafter. If Ball was dropped in your fantasy league, you'll want to pick him back up.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 10 - 3:47 PM

Broncos declared RB Montee Ball, CB Tony Carter, RB Kapri Bibbs, LB Nate Irving, OL Paul Cornick, OL Michael Schofield, and TE Virgil Green inactive for Week 10 against the Raiders.

C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson will back up Ronnie Hillman. Wes Welker is active for this game, as expected. Look for the Broncos to mix Ball back into the running back rotation when they play the Rams in Week 11.
Nov 9 - 2:40 PM

FOX's Jay Glazer confirms Montee Ball (groin) will not play in Sunday's Week 10 game against the Raiders.

Coming off a groin injury, Ball had an excellent week of practice. The Broncos will give him another week to get set before likely installing him as the complement to starter Ronnie Hillman in Week 11. The slimmed-down Ball should be owned as he'll likely get 6-8 touches initially and could see more down the stretch if he shows well. Hillman was a debacle in pass protection against the Patriots in Week 9.
Nov 9 - 12:51 PM

The Denver Post does not expect Montee Ball (questionable, groin) to return until Week 11.

The slimmed-down Ball impressed in practice this week, but the Broncos typically give their injured players an extra week to get ready. They're also facing the winless Raiders Sunday. Look for Ronnie Hillman, who struggled badly in pass protection last week, to be the unquestioned feature back. We'll have official word on Ball's status by 3pm ET.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 9 - 10:32 AM

Broncos coach John Fox was impressed by Montee Ball's (questionable, groin) leaner frame during practice this week.

"He reshaped his body a bit," Fox said. "He did have an earlier issue with an appendectomy. He's had some time here to get back to the weight and condition where he wanted to be, and that's been a positive." Ball has cut 12 pounds since his Week 5 groin injury, which should make him a much quicker and more effective back than he was early in the season. Ronnie Hillman will continue to be the starter even when Ball returns, but Ball could play his way into a bigger role down the stretch.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 8 - 9:58 AM

Montee Ball (groin) is listed as questionable for Week 10 after another limited practice on Friday.

Ball seems to be trending in the right direction, but we wouldn't be entirely shocked if he were given one more week to get his groin right. Ball himself expects to play a complementary role in Denver's run game down the stretch, with Ronnie Hillman keeping the featured job. Ball is worth stashing as an RB4 in 12- and 14-team leagues, albeit with limited statistical expectations.
Nov 7 - 4:31 PM

Montee Ball (groin) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

Ball is trending toward suiting up for the first time since Week 5. If he does play against the Raiders, it should be in a change-of-pace role behind Ronnie Hillman. Ball himself has admitted Hillman deserves to keep Denver's No. 1 job. Ball will be a touchdown dependent RB3/4 if he's active for Week 10.
Nov 6 - 5:40 PM

Montee Ball has cut his weight from 224 pounds at the time of his groin injury to 212.

We absolutely love to hear about weight loss from running backs, a la Le'Veon Bell. Ball was far too slow prior to his injury, especially in a Broncos scheme that needs perimeter speed to make the outside-zone runs effective. "I felt a lot more elusive. I felt a lot more agile. And this is where I should have been at the beginning of the year," Ball said after he returned to practice Wednesday. He went on to acknowledge that Ronnie Hillman will and should remain the starter, but Ball is going to at least have a role similar to the one he had behind Knowshon Moreno down the stretch last year (8.1 carries per game). Questionable for Week 10, he needs to on all rosters.
Nov 6 - 9:02 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Peyton Manning
2Brock Osweiler
RB1C.J. Anderson
2Juwan Thompson
3Jeremy Stewart
4Ronnie Hillman
5Montee Ball
GLB1C.J. Anderson
2Juwan Thompson
3RB1C.J. Anderson
2Juwan Thompson
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Andre Caldwell
3Cody Latimer
WR21Emmanuel Sanders
2Wes Welker
3Isaiah Burse
WR31Wes Welker
TE1Julius Thomas
2Jacob Tamme
3Virgil Green
K1Connor Barth