| Ronnie Hillman set to return, role unclear -- Fri Dec 26 8:00 pm --|
Listed as Probable
|Sunday also figures to mark the return of running back Ronnie Hillman. He practiced fully for the first time this week since suffering a foot injury on Nov. 9 at Oakland. He is probable, clearing the way for him to complement C.J. Anderson. (Denver Post)|
FF Today's Take: Hillman is likely to backup to Anderson but how much of a role he will have is unclear. He could potentially take enough carries away to make Anderson more of an RB2 than RB1.
| Trio of Broncos return to practice -- Thu Dec 11 3:00 pm --|
D. Thomas, Anderson and Welker all battling ankle injuries
|For Broncos, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and C.J. Anderson back in practice, working with offense. (Jeff Legwold on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Thomas' lack of involvement last week was curious and Anderson made the comment after the Broncos' win over the Bills that his ankle was bothering him, perhaps suggesting that Thomas' ankle was in worse shape than Anderson's. Ronnie Hillman also returned to practice on Thursday, although his Week 15 availability will probably limited at best. Anderson's owners should be able to breathe easy for this week at least, although it entirely possible that he has done enough in the coaches' minds to remain the featured back.
| Several notable Denver players miss practice -- Wed Dec 10 5:20 pm --|
Julius Thomas limited
|ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Head Coach John Fox had to take a deep breath after his 47-second recitation of an injury report that included 16 names, eight of whom did not practice Wednesday, with six others working on a limited basis. Headlining the eight players who did not practice were running back C.J. Anderson and wide receivers Wes Welker -- who missed last Wednesday's work -- and Demaryius Thomas, who played Sunday after suffering an ankle bruise when he was stepped on during practice Dec. 3.
Joining Anderson, Welker and Thomas in missing practice were running back Montee Ball (groin), and tight end Jacob Tamme (ribs). Limited participants: running backs Ronnie Hillman (foot) and Juwan Thompson (knee), and tight end Julius Thomas (ankle). Thomas said this has been "a much better week for me" than recent weeks, in which he also worked on a limited basis but did not play in the game.
FF Today's Take: Fantasy owners of Denver's players will need to pay attention to the practice reports over the next couple of days. Some players, like Demaryius Thomas, would have suited up if needed but needed an extra day of rest. As the week progress, the injury picture in Denver should start to take form. Additionally, the running game could become muddled very quickly depending on who is healthy enough to play this weekend.
| Broncos battered in win over Buffalo -- Mon Dec 8 3:30 pm --|
Three key starters limited in Week 14
|Demaryius Thomas, who suffered an ankle injury in practice this past Wednesday when he was stepped on by a teammate, finished the win with two catches for 11 yards. Julius Thomas, who has not played since injuring his left ankle in the first quarter of the team's Nov. 16 loss to the St. Louis Rams, was in uniform for the game but did not play.
C.J. Anderson injured his left ankle in the win and briefly left the lineup. He played with the ankle heavily taped over his shoe in the second half and had 10 of his 21 carries after halftime. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Injuries were not just limited to the skill-position players as G Orlando Franklin, G Louis Vasquez, reserve OT Paul Cornick, DE Derek Wolfe and TE Jacob Tamme were all hurt in some way against Buffalo. The rash of injuries may help to explain the Broncos' conservative game plan. In regards to the relevant fantasy players, all three players (Thomas, Thomas and Anderson) appear to be good to go at San Diego in Week 15.
| Broncos lose Sanders, J. Thomas, Ball to injury -- Sun Nov 16 8:00 pm --|
Denver RB re-aggravates groin injury
|The Denver Broncos' trip to this city has been a painful one. Tight end Julius Thomas, running back Montee Ball (groin) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (concussion) all suffered injuries in a 22-7 loss to the Rams. Thomas played just two series for the Broncos before leaving the game with an ankle injury and did not return. He had X-rays on his ankle at the stadium and was diagnosed with a sprain. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: It was a rough afternoon for the Broncos on the injury front and the scoreboard. Sanders took a brutal hit early in the third quarter and left the game with a concussion. Ball's groin injury is the most critical as he already missed five weeks with the same injury. The re-aggravation may cost him multiple weeks or perhaps the season. C.J. Anderson should be the lead back moving forward.
| C.J. Anderson expected to start -- Sun Nov 16 10:45 am --|
Monte Ball will be the No.2 running back
|C.J. Anderson did enough last week in the Broncos’ win at Oakland to earn his first NFL start here Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. Anderson will start while Montee Ball, who grew up about 25 miles from St. Louis, will be the No. 2 back. Ball is returning from a groin injury that sidelined him the previous five games. (Denver Post)|
FF Today's Take: This has been the conventional wisdom all week. Anderson and Ball faces a Rams defense that ranks 23rd in fantasy points allowed to running backs, a below average matchup.
| Hillman has yet to practice this week -- Thu Nov 13 3:40 pm --|
|At Broncos practice - No Ronnie Hillman (foot) or Nate Irving (knee). (Jeff Legwold on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: We did a blurb on Hillman being out at least two weeks on Monday and this suggests nothing has changed in that regard. Montee Ball, who is reportedly down to about 212 pounds after dropping 12 pounds during his five-week recovery from a groin injury, is expected to return this week. Publicly, HC John Fox has stated the Broncos will ride the "hot hand" and feature "who's healthy." The player who fits both criteria right now is C.J. Anderson.
| Hillman expected to miss at least two weeks -- Mon Nov 10 4:55 pm --|
HC John Fox calls midfoot sprain "day-to-day" injury
|C.J. Anderson emerged just in time. Montee Ball is returning from injury just in time.
The Broncos will be without Ronnie Hillman for at least two weeks after the starting running back suffered a midfoot sprain in his left foot Sunday, according to an NFL source. Broncos coach John Fox confirmed the injury, but only said Hillman was day-to-day. (Denver Post)|
FF Today's Take: One of the backfield situations ripe with fantasy points on a weekly basis appears to have no clear leader right now. Fox stated Monday that his will depend "first and foremost" on "who's healthy", making Week 10 star C.J. Anderson the odds-on favorite for this week against the Rams. Ball is expected back after recovering from a five-week groin injury and dropped 12 pounds while he was away. Hillman's likely absence may allow Ball to fulfill his preseason fantasy hype after all.