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Montee Ball | Running Back

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (24) / 12/5/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 215
College: Wisconsin
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By all accounts, Montee Ball is working "fiercely" to earn back the starting running back job.
Ball had his big chance as the starter to open the 2014 season and flubbed it, proving far too slow to the hole en route to a pathetic 3.12 YPC average. New coach Gary Kubiak has already stated C.J. Anderson should arrive at OTAs "like he's the starter," a title we'd expect him to hold all the way through to the regular season. CJA's decisive one-cut style is a great fit for the Kubiak scheme. Ball projects as the No. 2 man no matter how hard he's working. Mar 23 - 7:49 AM

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Montee Ball (groin) promised to return "ready to win the job."

Ball was well behind C.J. Anderson even before landing on injured reserve in December. We don't doubt that he'll return healthy and the new coaching regime will give him a chance to steal back the starting gig, but we would be surprised if it actually happened. Anderson, whose decisive quickness and vision make him a far better fit for Gary Kubiak's one-cut zone scheme, showed foundation back ability while compiling a 179-849-8 line last year. Ball looked like he was running in mud on his 55 carries, averaging a brutal 3.12 YPC.
Feb 10 - 10:17 AM

Broncos placed RB Montee Ball on injured reserve with a groin injury, ending his season.

Ball served as the Broncos No. 1 back through the first four games of the season before suffering a serious groin injury Week 5. Ball returned Week 11, but re-injured himself on his fourth snap back and has not played since. A consensus top-ten running back in fantasy drafts this summer, Ball finishes the season with 172 yards and one touchdown on 55 carries. With C.J. Anderson exploding down the stretch, Ball will have to fight for a role in the Broncos' offense in 2015.
Source: Denver Post
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 02:11:00 PM

Montee Ball (groin) has been ruled out for Week 15.

Ball remains without a known timetable. He's behind schedule at this point.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 01:55:00 PM

Montee Ball (groin) is not practicing Wednesday.

Ball won't play this week against Miami. C.J. Anderson is locked in as the starter.
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 01:53:00 PM

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
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 05:09:00 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
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 08:57:00 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.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 02:15:00 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.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 12:10:00 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."
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 04:29:00 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.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 03:32:00 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
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 03:47:00 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.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 02:40:00 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.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 12:51:00 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
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 10:32:00 AM