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28 Montee Ball RB
Height/Weight: 5-10/215 | Birthdate: 12/5/1990 | Birthplace: McPherson, KS, USA | Team: Denver | College: Wisconsin | NFL Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 91/10 | Average Draft Position: 15.04
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Broncos announce Week 7 inactives vs. 49ers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) The Broncos have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday night's game against the 49ers: running back Montee Ball (groin), wide receiver Cody Latimer, cornerback Tony Carter, linebacker Shaquil Barrett, guard Ben Garland, tackle Michael Schofield and defensive tackle Mitch Unrein.

The Broncos are very healthy heading into Week 7, with Ball the only player on the active roster missing the game due to injury. All the team's players listed as probable on the final injury report are active, including running back Juwan Thompson (knee), linebacker Corey Nelson (hamstring), kicker Brandon McManus (groin) and defensive backs Omar Bolden (groin), David Bruton (ankle) and Chris Harris (knee).


Six of seven on Broncos injury report probable for Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) Running back Montee Ball (groin) will almost certainly be the lone injured Broncos player out for their Sunday night game against San Francisco. The rest on their injury report issued Friday are probable.

That group consists of defensive backs Omar Bolden (groin), David Bruton (ankle) and Chris Harris (knee), kicker Brandon McManus (groin), linebacker Corey Nelson (hamstring) and running back Juwan Thompson (knee).


Only two injured on Sunday inactive list issued by Broncos


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Featured back Montee Ball (groin) and linebacker Lerentee McCray (knee) are the lone injured players on the inactive report released Sunday by the Broncos for their game against the host Jets.

The healthy scratches are wide receiver Cody Latimer, defensive back Tony Carter, offensive linemen Ben Garland and Michael Schofield and defensive lineman Mitch Unrein.


Broncos RB Montee Ball officially ruled out for Week 6


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) Broncos head coach John Fox officially ruled running back Montee Ball out for Week 6 at N.Y. Jets due to a groin injury, according to ESPN. Ball could be sidelined at least four games due to the injury. Ronnie Hillman will serve as the featured back, with C.J. Anderson likely earning some reps as well.

Report: Broncos expect Montee Ball to miss at least 4 weeks


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) The Broncos are preparing to be without running back Montee Ball for at least four games, reports ESPN's Ed Werder. Ball suffered a groin strain in the Week 5 win over Arizona.

Ronnie Hillman will serve as Ball's primary replacement, Werder added.


Report: Broncos' Montee Ball to miss 'couple of weeks' with groin strain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball will not need surgery to repair a strained groin suffered in Week 5 against Arizona, the Denver Post reports. The injury is expected to keep him sidelined for a "couple of weeks," multiple sources told the paper on Monday.

Ball was averaging 3.1 yards per carry before sustaining the injury on a non-contact play in the third quarter. The team will likely turn to Ronnie Hillman while Ball recovers from his ailment. Juwan Thompson and C.J. Anderson could also see some work Week 6 at N.Y. Jets.


Broncos provide no updates on Montee Ball's groin injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) Broncos head coach John Fox would not provide any new updates on the injury status of running back Montee Ball during his Monday press conference, according to the Denver Post. Fox indicated that the team will likely provide more information once the team unveils its Week 6 practice report on Wednesday.

Ball left Week 5 against Arizona in the third quarter with a groin injury. According to earlier reports, the Broncos are fearing for bad news regarding his status moving forward. If he is unable to start in Week 6 against the Jets, the team will likely turn to Ronnie Hillman, Juwan Thompson and C.J. Anderson.


Report: Broncos preparing for bad news regarding Montee Ball


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) The Broncos are preparing for news running back Montee Ball sustained a major groin injury Sunday against the Cardinals, according to NFL.com. The Denver Post reported Sunday Ball could be "out for a while," according to an NFL source.

After Ball left the game early in the third quarter, he was replaced by Ronnie Hillman, who rushed for a team-high 64 yards on 15 carries. The Broncos also leaned on running back Juwan Thompson, who had 15 rushing yards and one touchdown on three carries.


Broncos running game a big question mark now


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/6/2014) As if things couldn't get worse for Broncos running back Montee Ball, the first-year starter injured his groin early in the third quarter Week 5 against Arizona and could potentially miss a few weeks.

He was a non-factor before the injury, rushing six times for 7 yards and catching two passes for 11, which seems like just a side note except when you consider that his replacement, Ronnie Hillman, was most certainly a factor, rushing 15 times for 64 yards.

C.J. Anderson was inactive for this game but has also looked good in relief of Ball this season, averaging 5.0 yards per carry. Ball himself has averaged 3.1 yards per carry.

Now, maybe with more exposure, Hillman and Anderson will prove to be less effective than Ball, making it easy for the Broncos to go back to their intended starter whenever he's ready to play again. But they could also make him an afterthought. If you own Ball in Fantasy, you'll want to make a play for Hillman first and Anderson second.


Report: Broncos RB Montee Ball could be 'out for a while'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball could be "out for a while," according to the Denver Post

Ball will go for an MRI on his injured groin Monday. A source told the paper the early indication is that Ball could miss some time. Ball was held to just 7 yards on six carries during the contest. He was replaced by Ronnie Hillman. 


Broncos' Montee Ball questionable to return Week 5


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball is questionable to return Week 5 against the Cardinals.

Ball is dealing with a groin injury. He had just 7 yards on six carries before leaving the game. Ball also caught two passes for 11 yards. He'll be replaced by Ronnie Hillman. 


Montee Ball set for tough stretch after bye


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball ran headfirst into a tough Seahawks defense last week, and came out on the other side with just 2.7 yards per carry and 44 all-purpose yards. The Broncos are on a bye in Week 4, and things won't get much easier for him when the team returns to action.

The Broncos headed into the bye against the a top-5 rushing defense, and come right back with another as the Cardinals await them in Week 5. Making things even worse is, the Jets loom in Week 6. The Jets and Cardinals have allowed opposing running backs to rush for just 2.9 yards per carry through three games, after ranking as two of the three stingiest rushing defenses in the league a year ago.

Ball still has a chance to live up to at least some of our lofty preseason expectations, but he might not pay dividends for a few weeks. The good news is, he might be the best buy-low candidate in the league by the time this rough stretch ends.   


Montee Ball not much of a factor in Week 3 loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball wasn't much of a factor in an overtime loss to the Seahawks in Week 3.

Ball coughed up the rock on the first offensive play of the game. He ripped an 8-yard run before he was stripped by Kam Chancellor. Ball was limited to 14 carries for 38 yards, averaging 2.7 yards per attempt. He caught two of the three passes thrown his way for six yards.

Ball has 165 rushing yards through three games. The Broncos will be on a bye before returning to action in Week 5 at home against Arizona.


Week 3 bust alert: Montee Ball


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/18/2014) We hope Montee Ball fares better than Eddie Lacy and Ryan Mathews this week since the Seahawks have knocked both running backs out in consecutive weeks.

Lacy suffered a concussion and Mathews was carted off with a knee injury. Ball has been OK at best through two games. He had 23 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown and two catches for 16 yards in Week 1 against the Colts and 12 carries for 60 yards and three catches for 29 yards in Week 2 against the Chiefs.

We know Seattle is a tough place to play and only two running backs in the past nine games there have reached double digits in Fantasy points -- Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew and Tampa Bay's Mike James.

If the Broncos are going to win this game it will be with Peyton Manning, not Ball. We would sit Ball if possible in this matchup.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


Montee Ball totals 89 yards in win vs. Chiefs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball rushed for 60 yards on 12 carries and gained 29 yards while catching all three of his targets in his team's 24-17 win over the Chiefs Sunday.

The Broncos had the ball for less than 24 minutes and were held under 50 offensive plays thanks in large part to a 10-minute drive by the Chiefs to open the second half. Otherwise, Ball surely would have seen more work in the second half with the Broncos up. He out-touched backup C.J. Anderson 15-5 in the win.

Ball looked better with the ball against the Chiefs than he did in Week 1, averaging five yards per rush after falling short of three yards per rush in his first game. He faces a tough matchup in Week 3, with the Broncos heading to Seattle for a Super Bowl rematch.


Montee Ball grinds it out on 25 touches


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball carried the load Sunday night against the Colts. He ran 23 times for 67 yards (2.9 ypc) and caught both his targets for 16 yards in the 31-24 victory.

Ball struggled to break loose following a 15-yard gain on his first carry. But he ran hard and showed tremendous second effort on his fourth-quarter touchdown run, shedding a tackle in the backfield to score from 3 yards out.

The Colts knew Denver was going to run the ball with a big lead, so Ball's yards per carry shouldn't be held against him. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry last season.

Ball faces the Chiefs in Week 2.


Montee Ball to get heavy workload Week 1


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball allayed any concerns about his health in the third preseason game. Nineteen days after undergoing an appendectomy, Ball touched the ball on Denver's first five plays from scrimmage. He got eight touches on the opening drive versus Houston and emerged "none the worse for the wear," per the team's website.

Ball is primed for a heavy workload Sunday night. For one thing, primary backup Ronnie Hillman is not 100 percent. Hillman came down with an undisclosed illness late last week and was taken to a hospital. He returned to practice Monday but was limited.

Ball averaged a healthy 4.7 yards per carry as a rookie, but his finish was especially impressive. After losing a fumble Week 12 at New England, Ball averaged 5.4 yards over his final 73 carries and earned trust as a pass protector.

Ball's strong finish convinced the Broncos to let Knowshon Moreno go. They didn't bring in anyone to challenge Ball.

His first start comes against a Colts defense that ranked 26th in Fantasy points allowed to running backs (19.78) last year. Consider Ball a borderline top-5 option.


Montee Ball 'none the worse for the wear'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Playing 19 days after an appendectomy, Broncos running back Montee Ball "sustained some hits" and emerged "none the worse for the wear," reports the team's website. Ball got eight touches on the opening drive against Houston.

Montee Ball gets eight touches in first preseason drive


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball, who is two-plus weeks removed from appendectomy, made his preseason debut Saturday night against the Texans.

Ball wasn't eased back into work at all, as he received eight touches -- all in the opening drive. He took four handoffs for 13 yards and caught all four of his targets for 21 yards. He was pulled after the first series and appears ready for the season opener. 


Montee Ball ready for preseason action


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball is expected to make his preseason debut Saturday against the Texans reports the Denver Post, after missing out on the first two preseason games due to an appendectomy.

Ball was able to practice in full beginning Thursday, just a few days after he was medically cleared for action. 


Montee Ball 'doing a little bit more' each day


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball "is doing a little bit more each day as he makes what might be a rapid return from an appendectomy, but much of his work remains outside of a team structure," reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Ball wore pads Wednesday and worked individually with quarterback Peyton Manning at one point.

"We will continue to upgrade that a little bit tomorrow," coach John Fox said. Ball could play in the fourth preseason game, La Canfora added.

Montee Ball receives full medical clearance


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Just over two weeks since his appendectomy, Broncos running back Montee Ball received full medical clearance, reports the Denver Post. "He's all good to go," coach John Fox said.

Ball participated in individual drills Tuesday. The Broncos have not said when they'll let him return to full-contact practices. Fox added that "we're not going to build the Empire State building in one day."


Montee Ball returns to non-contact practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball, who had an appendectomy 15 days ago, is participating in Tuesday's non-contact practice, reports the Denver Post. Ball did individual drills. It's another indication Ball should be ready for the Sept. 7 season opener against the Colts.

Montee Ball hopes to get cleared for practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball will visit his doctor Monday in hopes of getting to cleared to practice this week, reports the Denver Post. Ball had an appendectomy two weeks ago.

Even if he gains clearance, Ball could be held out of contact, as well as the third preseason game. Still, Ball is itching to get back. "I'm tired of sitting around," he told the paper.


Montee Ball increases physical activity


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball, who is recovering from an appendectomy, has increased his physical activity and has begun jogging, according to The Denver Post.