Broncos RB Montee Ball Participates In First Non-Contact Drills Following Appendectomy

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 | 0


After letting 2013 star running back (RB) Knowshon Moreno leave the team via free agency, the Denver Broncos got a big scare when new starter Montee Ball was forced to undergo an appendectomy on August 4.

The routine surgery caused Ball to lose five pounds instantly and will keep him out of the team’s two remaining preseason games.

The Broncos got a positive sign today (Tues., August 19, 2014) when Ball returned to the practice field to participate in individual drills, his first action since the emergency appendectomy.

The announcement is music to the Broncos’ ears, as backups Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson are serviceable backs but nowhere near the quality of former Wisconsin star Ball, who owns the NCAA Division 1 record for most rushing touchdowns scored with 83.

Ball has been targeted a prime breakout candidate for the 2014 season, and for good reason. Starting running backs coupled with Broncos’ record-setting QB Peyton Manning tend to put up amazing stats, and Ball should be no exception to that trend.

Although Balls’ surgery has cooled expectations a bit, there’s not much doubt that he should be racking up yards and touchdowns as defenses are forced to focus on the Broncos’ deadly passing game, which features wideouts Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker alongside athletic tight end Julius Thomas.

It’s worth noting that Ball did not participate in any contact drills today, something that he hopes to be cleared to participate in by the end of this week or early next week. Ball should be ready to play at full strength during the Broncos’ 2014 season debut against the Indianapolis Colts on September 7.

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