Montee Ball back at practice

AP

Broncos running back Montee Ball said that he expected doctors to clear him for practice on Monday, and that apparently happened.

Although there has been no official word from the Broncos about Ball’s 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 he’s on the practice field suggests that he’s making good progress in his recovery. Other players have typically missed about two weeks after having an appendectomy, and it appears that Ball is on the same schedule.

It seems unlikely that the Broncos would put Ball on the field in either of the two remaining preseason games, just because they’ll want to play it safe. But expect Ball to be the Broncos’ first-string running back when the regular season opens.