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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: 3 | Owned/Started%: 50/1 | Average Draft Position: 141.30
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Broncos RB Montee Ball predicts prominence in two-back set


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) The hiring of Gary Kubiak has altered the offensive focus of the Broncos from future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning to the ground game.

That is no problem for Montee Ball, who anticipates frequent two-back sets in which both he and C.J. Anderson man the backfield.

"With the situation right now, you got to use me and C.J.," he told the Denver Post. "I think you have to use two backs. It's a two-back system based on what he did last season."

Ball was referring to Kubiak's 2014 season as offensive coordinator in Baltimore in which he turned Justin Forsett into a productive back with a system that featured the running game. Kubiak used a two-back situation with Denver in 2005 (Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell) and Houston (Arian Foster and Ben Tate) in 2011. Both teams received strong production from both backs, but not necessarily in the backfield at the same time.

Kubiak, however, employs a stretch-run, zone-blocking scheme that depends on multiple running backs.

Ball, who was limited by injury to o 52 carries last season, might be optimistic in his belief that he is one of the top two backs on the roster. Ronnie Hillman and Juwan Thompson are also in the mix for playing time.


Broncos RB Montee Ball shooting for featured back spot


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Montee Ball is third on the current depth chart among Broncos running backs, but he plans on landing in the top spot by the season opener.

A groin injury that forced Ball onto injured reserve last year limited him to five games and allowed C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman to leapfrog over him. Juwan Thompson is also in the mix, so Ball understands his predicament.

"C.J. deserves the No. 1 spot right now," Ball told The Associated Press. "I like coming in and being the underdog, just keeping my head down, my mouth shut and just working."

Ball averaged just 3.1 yards on 55 carries a year ago. But he seeks to prove he's better than that, which he must do to supplant the others and nail down the featured back spot.

"Every player should be saying, if they're second or third on the depth chart: 'I'm better than that player. I'm better than him," Ball added. "Because I believe that I am. But there's no reason for me to be chanting that and yelling that. I'm just going ... to work and work and work."


C.J. Anderson enters offseason as Broncos top RB


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Broncos coach Gary Kubiak declared that C.J. Anderson was the team's starting running back entering OTAs. 

"He made a big jump as a player, and I think he's earned the right to walk in to the offseason program -- the OTAs -- and line up as our starter," Kubiak said, per DenverBroncos.com. "But he's got to continue to earn it on a daily basis. I think he's shown he has all the ability to be an excellent starter in this league, so we're really looking forward to working with him."

Anderson rushed for 849 yards and eight touchdowns last season, most coming late in the season, after Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman went down to injury. 

"All those guys are young. I think all three of those guys ... have all kind of had their little spurts of success with the club when they've had their opportunity," Kubiak said. "But they're all young. Who's going to be the bell cow, who's going to play every down, who's going to be the three-down player, they've got to sort that out. C.J. has shown the flashes of doing that."


Broncos RB Montee Ball vows to return 'ready to win the job'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/10/2015) Broncos running back Montee Ball, limited to five games last season by a groin injury, promised he'll return "ready to win the job," reports ESPN.com. Ball was the starter entering the 2014 season, but in 2015 he'll likely vie for a backup role behind C.J. Anderson, who went to the Pro Bowl.

Ball also must compete with Juwan Thompson and Ronnie Hillman in the crowded backfield. Ball was ineffective before getting hurt, averaging 3.1 yards per carry.


Broncos RB C.J. Anderson excited for Gary Kubiak's offense


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/20/2015) Broncos running back C.J. Anderson, who scored 10 touchdowns from Week 10 onward, said he's excited about the zone-blocking scheme new coach Gary Kubiak is bringing, reports the Denver Post. The paper notes that in Kubiak's 11 seasons as an assistant in Denver, a Broncos rusher went over 1,000 yards 10 times.

"I have known about his system for a while, and what he accomplished," Anderson said of Kubiak. "One cut downhill and go get it. It fits me and the offense well. It's always been successful. He knows the team we have and what we can do. I can't wait to get started working with him."

Anderson will enter next season as the team's No. 1 back, though he'll have to fight off challenges from Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman. Anderson averaged 4.7 yards per carry and 9.5 yards per reception and became the ninth Broncos running back to make the Pro Bowl.


Broncos place RB Montee Ball on IR


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball's season has come to a disastrous end on Saturday. The Broncos placed Ball (groin) on season-ending injured reserve in order to clear roster spots for linebacker Danny Trevathan on the 53-man active roster, per the team's official website.

Ball, a second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, rushed for 559 yards behind Knowshon Moreno his rookie season. He underwent an emergency appendectomy 19 days before the start of the season. He was the uncontested No. 1 back for the first four weeks before suffering a groin injury Week 4 against Arizona. The injury cost Ball six weeks of game action, and he aggravated on the second play against St. Louis in Week 11. His 2014 campaign ends with only 172 yards and a score on 55 carries.


Broncos release final injury report for Sunday against the Chargers


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball will miss his third straight game with a groin injury. Also out are tackle Paul Cornick and wide receiver Cody Latimer

The following players are questionable: Jacob Tamme, Ronnie Hillman, and Kayvon Webster.

Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Malik Jackson, Juwan Thompson, Will Montgomery and Quanterus Smith are all considered probable. 


Broncos announce Week 14 inactives


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/7/2014) The Broncos declared running back Montee Ball (groin), running back Ronnie Hillman (foot), wideout Cody Latimer (concussion), cornerback Kayvon Webster (shoulder), offensive tackles Chris Clark and Michael Schofield, and safety Quinton Carter (knee) inactive for the game against the Bills.

C.J. Anderson, Aqib Talib among Broncos' probables for Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) The Broncos unveiled a lengthy injury report for Week 14 against Buffalo. Eight of the 17 players on the list received the green light and were deemed probable for Sunday. Those players were: Running back C.J. Anderson (ankle), tackle Paul Cornick (shoulder), linebacker Lerentee McCray (illness), center Will Montgomery (knee), cornerback Aqib Talib (hamstring), wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (ankle), running back Juwan Thompson (knee) and wide receiver Wes Welker (rest)

Safety Quinton Carter (knee), defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (elbow), defensive end Quanterus Smith (ribs), tight end Jacob Tamme (ribs) and tight end Julius Thomas (ankle). Meanwhile, running back Montee Ball (groin), running back Ronnie Hillman (foot), wide receiver Cody Latimer (concussion) and cornerback Kayvon Webster (shoulder) were ruled out for Sunday.


Broncos list inactive for Week 13 vs. Chiefs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) The Broncos have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday night's game against the Chiefs: tight end Julius Thomas (ankle), cornerbacks Aqib Talib (hamstring) and Kayvon Webster (shoulder), running backs Montee Ball (groin) and Ronnie Hillman (foot) and tackles Michael Schofield and Chris Clark.

Thomas and Talib were questionable to play, while Ball, Hillman and Webster had all previously been ruled out.

The Broncos will have safety Quinton Carter (ankle) available for the game after he was listed as questionable on Friday's final injury report. The team also had five players listed as probable and all are active, including safety David Bruton (finger), tight end Virgil Green (calf), linebacker Brandon Marshall (concussion), defensive end Quanterus Smith (ankle) and running back Juwan Thompson (knee).


Broncos rule out Montee Ball, Ronnie Hillman for Week 13


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2014) The Broncos ruled out running backs Montee Ball (groin), Ronnie Hillman (foot) along with cornerback Kayvon Webster (shoulder) for Week 13 against Kansas City. Deemed questionable were cornerback Aqib Talib (hamstring), tight end Julius Thomas (ankle) and safety Quinton Carter (ankle).

Meanwhile, the following players were ruled as probable for Sunday: Linebacker Brandon Marshall (concussion), defensive end Quanterus Smith (ankle), safety David Bruton (finger), tight end Virgil Green (calf) and backup running back Juwan Thompson (knee).


Broncos release inactives for Week 12


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) The following players have been listed as inactive for the Broncos in Week 12 against the Dolphins: Montee Ball, Julius Thomas, Ronnie Hillman, Tony Carter, Chris Clark, Michael Schofield and Marvin Austin.

Montee Ball, Ronnie Hillman a no-go for Broncos in Week 12


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Broncos have ruled running backs Montee Ball (groin) and Ronnie Hillman (foot) out for Sunday's game against Miami, according to Denver's final injury report for Week 12. The team also listed tight ends Virgil Green (calf) and Julius Thomas (ankle) as questionable.

Meanwhile, the following players were deemed probable: David Bruton (ankle), Quinton Carter (knee), Ryan Clady (groin), Britton Colquitt (illness), Paul Cornick (shoulder), Emmanuel Sanders (concussion), Steven Johnson (ankle) and Juwan Thompson (knee).


Report: Montee Ball to miss 2-3 weeks


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/17/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball re-strained his groin in Sunday's loss to the Rams and will miss two to three weeks, reports the Denver Post. Ball missed five straight games with a groin injury until returning Sunday.

Broncos Julius Thomas, Montee Ball to have MRIs Monday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (ankle) and running back Montee Ball (groin) are set for MRIs Monday after leaving the game Sunday in St. Louis.

X-rays on Thomas were negative.


Broncos RB Ball: It's 'hard to tell' how long I'll be out


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) It didn't take Broncos running back Montee Ball long Sunday in St. Louis to realize he had not fully recovered from a groin injury. Ball left the game early and told ESPN afterward that it's "hard to tell" how much time he will miss.

Broncos TE Thomas, RB Ball leave Sunday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) The Broncos could be sans two key players for the rest of their Sunday game in St. Louis, courtesy of injuries in the first half. Running back Montee Ball (groin) has been sidelined, as has tight end Julius Thomas (ankle).

Thomas has been deemed questionable to return after a check by trainers. There has yet to be an announcement regarding Ball.


Lucky seven Broncos probables green-lighted for Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Seven Broncos who had been deemed probable are set to play Week 11 against St. Louis, including running back Montee Ball (groin). The others are safety Quinton Carter (knee), offensive linemen Ryan Clady (groin), Paul Cornick (shoulder) and Orlando Franklin (knee), linebacker Steven Johnson (ankle) and running back Juwan Thompson (knee).

Report: C.J. Anderson to start at running back for Broncos


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Broncos running back C.J. Anderson will earn his first career start Sunday at St. Louis, according to The Denver Post. Even though Montee Ball is returning from a groin injury that sidelined him for five games, Anderson is getting the start following his strong performance Week 10 against the Raiders.

Ball will be the No. 2 running back Week 12 and rookie Juwan Thompson will be the Broncos' No. 3 back. Running back Ronnie Hillman, who started four of the previous five games, is sidelined due to a foot injury.


Broncos in good shape for Week 11 game agaInst Rams


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) The Broncos have ruled out running back Ronnie Hillman (foot) for their Sunday game in St. Louis and tight end Virgil Green (knee) is doubtful, but the team is otherwise quite healthy. The only other players on their Friday injury report are probable.

That group includes running backs Juwan Thompson (knee) and Montee Ball (groin), safety Quinton Carter (knee), offensive linemen Ryan Clady (groin), Paul Cornick (shoulder) and Orlando Franklin (knee) and linebacker Steven Johnson (ankle).


Broncos RB Ball full participant in Wednesday practice


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball took what might be the final step Wednesday toward being active for the Week 11 game against St. Louis when he partcicipated fully in practice.

Ball has been sidelined since sustaining a groin injury on Oct. 5. His return has coincided with the loss of featured back replacement Ronnie Hillman to a foot injury.


Broncos RB Montee Ball expected back for Week 11


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball is expected to return from injury against St. Louis in Week 11, according to the Denver Post.

Ball has been out since suffering a groin injury in Week 5. In his absence, running back Ronnie Hillman became a productive option for the Broncos.

With Hillman expected to miss at least two weeks with a midfoot sprain, Ball will compete with C.J. Anderson for carries.


Broncos running backs keep finding success


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Being the running back in a Peyton Manning-led offense continues to be one of the best jobs in sports, as C.J. Anderson proved in Week 10's 41-17 win over the Raiders.

With Ronnie Hillman limited by an ankle injury, Anderson got his chance to show off in Week 10, and he put together a fine all-around performance. He rushed for 90 yards on 13 carries to lead the team, and added 73 yards on four receptions, punctuated by a 51-yard receiving touchdown in the second quarter.

Anderson entered Sunday's game with just 82 yards on 17 carries, and became the fourth Broncos running back to record double figures in Fantasy scoring. At this point, anyone the Broncos plug in there should be viewed as a must-start Fantasy option, whether it is Anderson, Montee Ball or Ronnie Hillman. Even Juwan Thompson could probably put up big numbers if given the chance.

The Broncos are going to put their running backs in position to score, and Payton Manning is going to get them involved in the passing game. Anderson's success combined with Ball's expected return clouds the short-term future, so keep an eye on the team's plans to figure out how to set your lineup for Week 11 against the Rams. 


Broncos issue injury report with just one ruled out


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) Linebacker Nate Irving (knee) is the lone Broncos player ruled out for the Sunday game in Oakland. Only running back Montee Ball (groin), tackle Paul Cornick (shoulder) and tight end Virgil Green (calf) are questionable.

The probables are headlined by wideout Wes Welker (back). The others are safety Quinton Carter (hamstring), linebacker Steven Johnson (ankle), kicker Brandon McManus (groin) and running back Juwan Thompson (knee).


Broncos RB Montee Ball questionable for


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) Whether Broncos running back Montee Ball returns to game action Sunday for the first time in more than a month with a groin injury is a 50/50 proposition. He has been deemed questionable for the Sunday game in Oakland.

Ball has been limited in practice throughout the week.