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Montee Ball having appendix out on Monday

Nick Roach, Montee Ball AP

Running back Montee Ball is expected to be the lead back for the Broncos this season, but he’ll need to do some recuperating from surgery before he’s able to officially grab that job.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that the team has confirmed that Ball will have his appendix removed on Monday afternoon. The surgery usually keeps players out for a couple of weeks and Klis reports that the team expects Ball to be fully recovered in time for the regular season opener against the Colts on September 7.

Ball’s going to miss at least a couple of preseason games, though, and could wind up missing the entire exhibition schedule while making his way back from the operation. Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson will likely see a bump in their playing time while Ball is out of the lineup. Hillman has been the subject of some strong reviews for his work in camp, a welcome change for him after being bounced from the starting job and, eventually, the entire rotation last season.

Assuming all goes well with Ball’s return, Hillman could latch on to a complementary role behind the second-year player in the Broncos’ high-powered offense.

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9 Responses to “Montee Ball having appendix out on Monday”
  1. vaughnjoe says: Aug 4, 2014 2:43 PM

    As far as a fantasy stand point, its tuff to determine which of these guys will wind up with the lead role in the backfield.

  2. gloryfromheaven46 says: Aug 4, 2014 2:52 PM

    That’s a bummer, but I’m glad he’ll be back by the time the regular season starts. More oppurtunties for the other RB’s to show what they got …

  3. atthemurph says: Aug 4, 2014 2:54 PM

    Monte can catch the ball as well as most WRs.

  4. chawkup says: Aug 4, 2014 2:58 PM

    Seems like a pretty extreme method of avoiding having to play the Seahawks defense if you ask me.

  5. tedmurph says: Aug 4, 2014 3:13 PM

    Can the Pats claim his appendix on waivers?

  6. kobesnotmike23 says: Aug 4, 2014 3:27 PM

    Monte can’t catch the ball as good as most lineman.

  7. vietnambob2473 says: Aug 4, 2014 3:38 PM

    This is actually good news. Montee can come in fresh when the season starts and the other backs can get some more quality reps.

  8. schmitty2 says: Aug 4, 2014 3:39 PM

    chawkup says:Aug 4, 2014 2:58 PM

    Seems like a pretty extreme method of avoiding having to play the Seahawks defense if you ask me.

    They play the Hawks in week 3 of the regular season as well so get off your high horse.

  9. davikes says: Aug 4, 2014 3:48 PM

    They can remove an appendix with a laparoscopic procedure, unlike the old days, so he should be feeling pretty good in 2-3 weeks. Hillman, aka The Feather, needs the work anyway.

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