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|Shortly after they acquired Ball with a second-round pick in this year's draft, the Broncos released incumbent starter Willis McGahee. With second-year player Ronnie Hillman lacking the size to handle a heavy workload and the team not sold on veterans Knowshon Moreno and Lance Ball, the rookie Ball has a clear path to a starting position and solid fantasy value in 2013. The Wisconsin product has good size at 5'11”, 215 pounds and was a workhorse back in college with close to 1,000 touches. A solid pass protector, Ball seems destined to be the Broncos starter on opening day, provided he proves he can hang onto the football during the preseason. He should be under consideration for the first overall pick in rookie-only drafts, and he rates as a low-end RB2 with upside in redraft formats.
Comment: The Broncos RB situation is a mess right now. Ball has the most talent and should lead the team in rushing this season but a RBBC early in the season is likely.
| Moreno expected to start for Broncos -- Fri Nov 29 3:40 pm --|
Probable on the injury report
|Broncos interim head coach Jack Del Rio expressed optimism Friday that running back Knowshon Moreno would start Sunday at Kansas City. Moreno sustained a right ankle injury in last Sunday's game at New England. Del Rio reported that Moreno did all of his work in practice Friday. He is listed as probable for Sunday's game. Rookie Montee Ball has been backing up Moreno.
FF Today's Take: Moreno was able to practice on Friday and is listed as Probable on the injury report. How much he's limited this week against the Chiefs is anyone's guess but he can safely be considered a RB2 for Week 13.
| Moreno limited on Thursday -- Thu Nov 28 5:00 pm --|
Expected to practice Friday
|The Denver Broncos went through their Thanksgiving practice with every player in uniform and in drills.
That included running back Knowshon Moreno, who took part on a limited basis after being held out of Wednesday practice with a right foot injury. Moreno said "I feel good" before returning to the trainers' room following the workout. The Broncos expect him to practice Friday as well. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Moreno will likely be limited on Friday and it won't be a big surprise if he's labeled a gametime decision for Sunday. The Broncos face the Chiefs in a late afternoon game. Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman are ready if Moreno can't go.
| Manning, Moreno sit Wednesday -- Wed Nov 27 12:30 pm --|
Moreno's satus for Sunday uncertain
|Peyton Manning's Wednesday absences are becoming something of a routine for the Broncos. The quarterback, for the third consecutive Wednesday, did not participate in the Broncos' first practice of the week. Yet again, there should be little to no cause for alarm. Also missing from practice was running back Knowshon Moreno, who suffered a bone bruise on his lower leg Sunday. (Denver Post)|
FF Today's Take: Manning is in no danger of missing this week's game with the Chiefs. Moreno's status is more unclear. Head coach Jack Del Rio classified him as "day-to-day". Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson would likely handle rushing duties if Moreno doesn't play.
| Moreno on crutches after game -- Sun Nov 24 10:00 pm --|
Broncos RB dealing with ankle injury
|Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno, who limped off the field in overtime Sunday night, appeared in the Denver locker room on crutches and wearing a boot on his right ankle after the game.
FF Today's Take: Moreno racked up 224 yards on 37 carries Sunday night against the Patriots. We'll know more about the injury later in the week but Montee Ball, who fumbled Sunday night, will be a hot waiver wire add for Week 13.