| Monte Ball to suit up Saturday night -- Sat Aug 23 11:30 am --|
Revovering from appendectomy on Aug. 4th
|Broncos starters Von Miller and Montee Ball are expected to make their 2014 preseason debuts Saturday. Ball, the Broncos' top tailback, has been out since undergoing an appendectomy Aug. 4. He did little physically for two weeks, then was medically cleared for full practice participation Monday. Emmanuel Sanders, a starting receiver who missed the Broncos' preseason game Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers with a strained quad, also is expected to play. (Denver Post)|
FF Today's Take: Ball began taking 11-on-11 reps Thursday. Don't expect a huge workload for Broncos projected starting tailback tonight but it is a good sign to see him active in the third preseason game. He remains a fantasy RB1 prospect in the late first or early second round or redraft leagues.
| Ball takes part in individual drills on Wednesday -- Thu Aug 21 5:40 pm --|
Continuing recovery from appendectomy
|Broncos RB Montee Ball, who returned to practice Tuesday, did more in Wednesday's workout, taking part in individual drills as well as some work in 7-on-7 with the starters. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Ball underwent the knife on Aug. 4 and the typical recommended recovery for most non-professional athletes is roughly four weeks, so it is a positive that he is already participating as much as he is. There is hope now that Ball will be able to take a few snaps in the final preseason game. The second-year back has top-five upside, but is coming off the board in the early second round in most drafts.
| Montee Ball participating in non-contact practice -- Tue Aug 19 1:30 pm --|
Broncos RB recovering from appendectomy
|Although there has been no official word from the Broncos about Montee Ballís recovery from an appendectomy, reporters in Denver are passing along word that Ball is on the practice field for the Broncos today.
The Broncos have a non-contact practice today, so Ball is just doing drills, but the fact that heís on the practice field suggests that heís making good progress in his recovery. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: Ball is expected to be on the field for Week 1 but it remains to be seen if he will get any action in the Broncos remaining preseason games. Getting cleared for contact is the next step.
| Montee Ball released from hospital -- Thu Aug 7 3:10 pm --|
Still expected to be ready for season opener
|Broncos RB Montee Ball was released from a local hospital and was recovering at his Denver-area home Wednesday, two days after undergoing an appendectomy. The first week after any surgical procedure always is the toughest, and it's uncertain whether Ball will be able to attend the Broncos' preseason opener Thursday night.
There is hope Ball will be able to get a tuneup carry or two in the Broncos' third preseason game, although that might be ambitious. The Broncos are confident Ball will play in their season opener Sept. 7, however. (Denver Post)|
FF Today's Take: It would be unwise for the Broncos to push Ball to play in the third preseason game, since he has little to gain and a lot to lose. Owners need to keep expectations in check for the first week or two of the regular season as well since he may just be getting back into "football shape" at that point. Ronnie Hillman is expected to start Thursday's preseason opener.
| Ball to undergo appendectomy on Monday -- Mon Aug 4 4:15 pm --|
Expected to ready for Week 1
|Broncos RB Montee Ball will undergo an appendectomy today but is expected to be ready for regular-season opener vs. Colts, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Some athletes have returned quickly from appendectomies - Titans LG Andy Levitre was cleared to practice about two weeks after his late July surgery - but the normal recovery period is 4-6 weeks. While Ball should be expected to go for the opener, it should come as a surprise if he begins the regular season a bit slow. Ronnie Hillman is reportedly ahead of C.J. Anderson for the backup job, so stay tuned.
|Ball "vastly improved" in passing game -- Thu Jul 17 5:20 pm --|
Broncos have cleared the way for second-year RB to shine
|If youíre looking for a player for whom the Broncos have cleared the way to shine most, itís Montee Ball, who was the most effective runner in Denver with the ball in his hands over the last six weeks of the season/postseason. Heís smart and has the requisite work ethic, and the Broncos have seen vast improvements in his work as both a receiver and blocker in the passing game. That gives him the gotta-have-it, every-down potential in their offense. The Broncos arenít looking to run the ball significantly more than they did in 2013, but when they do, they want to move the chains more efficiently. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Ball's current ADP of 1.12 seems like a steep price to pay for an "unproven" lead or feature back, but it is not an unfair one for a player that is a better all-around performer than Knowshon Moreno, who was a top-five back in most formats in 2013. The Broncos are probably hoping Ball is able to effectively handle 75 percent of the snaps, only sprinkling in C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman in blowouts or when Ball needs a breather.