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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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The Denver Post's Mike Klis said Montee Ball's groin injury "will make it difficult for him to regain his featured-back role this year."
Ball did not play well to start the season, but was still the unquestioned lead back through the Broncos' first three games. If Ronnie Hillman continues to run well the next several weeks, Ball will likely return to more of a committee approach. That would severely limit Ball's value, making him nothing more than a touchdown-or-bust fantasy option. He is still a hold in most formats, but he is looking more and more like a fantasy bust. Ball is likely out until at least Week 9. Oct 18 - 11:13 AM
Source: Denver Post

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According to FOX's Jay Glazer, Montee Ball separated his groin attachment from the bone and will be out 3-4 weeks.

It's a more severe injury and timetable than the 2-3 weeks that was originally reported. We'd consider Ball unlikely to play anytime before Week 9, especially with the Broncos playing the Thursday night game in Week 8. He's also no lock to return to volume role, especially if Ronnie Hillman, C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson show well. Ball was averaging just 3.12 YPC before going down.
Oct 12 - 12:50 PM

Broncos declared RB Montee Ball, WR Cody Latimer, LB Lerentee McCray, OT Michael Schofield, DB Tony Carter, OG Ben Garland and DT Mitch Unrein inactive for Week 6 against the Jets.

Ronnie Hillman is starting in Ball's absence, but the Broncos are expected to use a "hot-hand" approach, with C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson also in the mix for work. Hillman is the only back we'd feel comfortable starting in Week 6 fantasy leagues, but Anderson remains worth a stash for the time being. Ball is week to week.
Oct 12 - 11:42 AM

The Denver Post reports Montee Ball's groin injury may only cost him two weeks.

ESPN's Jeff Legwold is reporting Ball's injury could cost him "as many as three weeks," though it sounds like he won't miss much more than that. A Monday MRI revealed Ball's injury will not require surgery. It's good news for Ball owners, as he's not done for the season and will miss brutal forthcoming run-defense matchups with the Jets and 49ers. The Broncos have a far more favorable stretch-run schedule, although it's fair to wonder if Ball might begin losing snaps to Ronnie Hillman, C.J. Anderson, and/or Juwan Thompson if they excel in his absence. Fantasy owners should try to keep Ball stashed as an injured RB4.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 6 - 4:38 PM

The Broncos are reportedly bracing for a major groin injury to Montee Ball.

This is in line with a Denver Post report from Sunday night that stated Ball will be out "for a while." It confirms that the injury is not a garden-variety strain, and could very well be a high-grade pull. We should know more by Monday afternoon. Look for Ronnie Hillman to step in as the lead back for the foreseeable future, with C.J. Anderson as his primary backup. Juwan Thompson could also get involved.

A source tells the Denver Post that the initial belief is that Montee Ball (groin) will be out "for a while."

Ball is headed for an MRI Monday on what looks like a pretty severe groin pull. He was struggling badly so far this season anyway, rushing 55 times for 172 yards (3.12 YPC) with one touchdown. On Sunday, the backfield was turned over to Ronnie Hillman (15 carries) with Juwan Thompson (three carries) in support. C.J. Anderson was a healthy scratch, but probably only because he doesn't play on special teams. Going forward, we'd expect a committee featuring Hillman as the likely starter and Anderson mixing in as well.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 5 - 9:01 PM

Montee Ball exited Sunday's Week 5 game against the Cardinals with a groin injury.

With C.J. Anderson a healthy scratch against Arizona, Ronnie Hillman will serve as Denver's feature back unless Ball is able to return. Our assumption is that Ball will not. He appeared to be in a lot of pain on the ground, before walking tentatively off the field with the assistance of trainers.
Oct 5 - 6:17 PM

Montee Ball rushed 14 times for 38 yards and caught two passes for six yards in Sunday's Week 3 overtime loss at Seattle.

Ball lost a fumble on his first carry of the game, but encouragingly was not benched. He just had no shot against a Seattle defense that was able to crowd the line of scrimmage most of the game before Peyton Manning finally abandoned the run. Things won't get much easier for Ball after the Week 4 bye, as he'll have to face the Cardinals, Jets and 49ers in Weeks 5-7. We still think his touchdown potential gives him borderline RB1 status the rest of the way. Don't sell low.
Sep 21 - 8:46 PM

Montee Ball rushed for 60 yards on 12 carries in the Broncos' Week 2 win over the Chiefs.

Ball caught all three of his pass-game targets for an additional 29 yards. There was plenty of running room against a Chiefs defense that lost LE Mike DeVito, ILB Derrick Johnson, and SS Eric Berry. Unfortunately for Ball owners, the Broncos opted for two four-yard pass touchdowns instead of giving Ball the rock near the goal line. Ball will be more of a high-end RB2 next week in Seattle.
Sep 14 - 8:12 PM

Montee Ball had 23 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 1 win over the Colts.

He added two catches for 16 yards. Ball played an every-down role, with C.J. Anderson getting just four carries. He didn't have any game-breaking runs and averaged only 2.9 YPC, but proved he's capable of handling a full workload. Ball played on all third downs, and didn't have any issues in pass protection. He scored a three-yard touchdown on an impressive second effort in the fourth quarter. Ball will remain a locked-in RB1 for next week's matchup with the Chiefs.
Sep 8 - 12:18 AM

Making his 2014 preseason debut, Montee Ball (appendectomy) rushed four times for 13 yards and caught four passes for 21 yards against the Texans Friday.

On the first play of the game, the Broncos handed the rock to Ball. The next play was an arrow route to him, the third play was a screen to him, the fourth was a handoff to him and the fifth was a swing pass to him. The Broncos clearly wanted to test out their feature back as he returned to the field, and he passed with ease. Ball ended up playing just two series before giving way to Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson. As a 300-touch candidate in one of the league's most dominant offenses, Ball has borderline first-round fantasy appeal.
Aug 23 - 11:21 PM

The Denver Post's Mike Klis reports Montee Ball (appendectomy) will make his preseason debut against the Texans Saturday.

Ball was cleared for full participation in practice Monday, and returned to 11-on-11 drills during Thursday's practice. He was not expected to make his debut until the fourth preseason game, but recovered faster than anticipated. It's great news for fantasy drafters. We wouldn't expect Ball to handle more than a few carries, but his activity is confirmation Ball has fully recovered. He projects as the clear feature back in Denver's juggernaut attack.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 23 - 1:06 PM

Montee Ball (appendectomy) did some 7-on-7 work with the starters Wednesday.

Ball just returned to practice Tuesday, yet is already making quick progress. With more than two weeks to go before Week 1, his status is not in doubt. We may even get a look at Ball for some limited work in the fourth preseason game.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 21 - 7:57 AM

After attending the Broncos-Texans joint practices, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora came away believing Montee Ball (appendectomy) could play in Denver's preseason finale.

Per La Canfora, Ball is "doing a little bit more each day," and may ultimately make a "rapid" return. He donned full pads on Wednesday and worked individually with Peyton Manning during one period. "We will continue to upgrade that a little bit tomorrow," said coach John Fox. Ball's ADP is early in round two.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 20 - 8:19 PM

Montee Ball (appendectomy) returned to practice Tuesday.

The Broncos are having a non-contact practice, so it's just individual drills. But it's still a step forward for Ball. He visited his doctor on Monday and hopes to gain clearance for normal work at some point this week or early next week. Don't look for Ball to play in Denver's third preseason game. Ball should be all systems go well before the Broncos take the field Week 1 against the Colts.
Aug 19 - 1:14 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Peyton Manning
2Brock Osweiler
RB1Ronnie Hillman
2Juwan Thompson
3C.J. Anderson
4Montee Ball
5Kapri Bibbs
GLB1Ronnie Hillman
2Juwan Thompson
3RB1Ronnie Hillman
2Juwan Thompson
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Andre Caldwell
3Cody Latimer
WR21Emmanuel Sanders
2Wes Welker
3Isaiah Burse
WR31Wes Welker
TE1Julius Thomas
2Jacob Tamme
3Virgil Green
K1Brandon McManus