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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 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

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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

Montee Ball (appendectomy) will visit his doctor Monday and hopes to gain clearance for practice.

Ball is exactly two weeks removed from his surgery and has suffered no setbacks. He's unlikely to take any contact this week and is not expected to play in the third preseason game, but he remains firmly on track for Week 1. Ball's ADP has dipped slightly as a result of his surgery, going from 1.11 to 2.02.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 18 - 8:08 AM

Montee Ball (appendectomy) said there's definitely a possibility he practices some this week.

Ball hasn't had any setbacks since his August 4 surgery, saying he's made good progress. A return to practice this week -- even in a limited fashion -- would be big as he attempts to get his body right for Week 1. The Broncos open up the regular season three weeks from today against the Colts.
Aug 17 - 10:02 PM

Montee Ball has shed five pounds since his August 4 appendectomy.

We're fans of running back weight loss, and losing a few pounds after having your appendix removed is par for the course. "I am getting healthy and strengthening my core, just listening to my body," said Ball. "Just taking it day by day, step by step. When you see me back in pads, you will know I am ready." Coach John Fox said the Broncos don't need to see Ball play in preseason games. "We will play it by ear," Fox stated Saturday. "We saw him play plenty a year ago. And we saw him plenty this offseason."
Source: Denver Post
Aug 10 - 12:42 PM

Montee Ball (appendectomy) has been released from the hospital and is home recovering.

Ball's timeline is fluid, but the Broncos are holding out hope he can see a little action in the third preseason game on Aug. 23. They remain confident he'll be ready for the Sunday Night Football season opener against the Colts on Sept. 7. Ronnie Hillman is expected to get the majority of first-team work in tonight's preseason opener, with C.J. Anderson mixing in with the ones and twos.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 7 - 10:37 AM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen stated on NFL Live that the Broncos still haven't ruled out Montee Ball (appendectomy) returning at some point in the preseason.

"There's still some hope Ball will be able to get out there for the end of preseason," said Mort. The normal timeline on appendectomies is about two weeks, and patients are generally at 100 percent in a month. The Broncos open the season on September 7 against the Colts, giving Ball roughly five weeks to get right from a health standpoint. We aren't moving him in our rankings.
Aug 4 - 4:18 PM

Montee Ball is undergoing an appendectomy on Monday, but is expected to be ready for Week 1.

NFL players generally recover smoothly from appendectomies, but this has become a situation to monitor closely based on Ball's limited NFL track record. Titans LG Andy Levitre underwent an appendectomy on July 24, and was activated from the camp/PUP list on August 3. The operation does make the Broncos' No. 2 running back battle more significant. Thus far, change-of-pace back Ronnie Hillman has run ahead of C.J. Anderson in training camp.
Aug 4 - 2:04 PM

Montee Ball performed well through the first week of training camp.

Ball has reportedly "shown vision in the run game, decisiveness in his cuts and consistent, quality work in the passing game." ESPN's Broncos reporter says the second-year back is "poised for a big season" and suggests 250 carries. We also know he's going to get all the goal-line work in the game's most explosive offense and is a solid pass-catcher as well. Ball is currently ranked as fantasy's No. 8 running back in our online Draft Guide.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 31 - 9:28 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Peyton Manning
2Brock Osweiler
RB1Montee Ball
2C.J. Anderson
3Ronnie Hillman
4Juwan Thompson
GLB1Montee Ball
2C.J. Anderson
3RB1Montee Ball
2C.J. Anderson
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Andre Caldwell
3Cody Latimer
WR21Wes Welker
2Emmanuel Sanders
3Isaiah Burse
WR31Emmanuel Sanders
TE1Julius Thomas
2Jacob Tamme
3Virgil Green
K1Matt Prater
2Brandon McManus