Login  |   Register
On Now
Coming Up
  • Sun., Sep. 25, 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM MDT GAMEDAY: Broncos at Bengals
    Broncos at Bengals
    Sunday, September 25 • 11AM MDT • CBS
    Week 3





  • Sun., Oct. 02, 2016 2:05 PM - 5:00 PM MDT GAMEDAY: Broncos at Buccs
    Broncos at Buccaneers
    Sunday, October 2 • 2:05PM MDT • CBS
    Week 4





  • Sun., Oct. 02, 2016 2:05 PM - 5:00 PM MDT GAMEDAY: Falcons vs. Broncos
    Falcons vs. Broncos
    Sunday, October 9 • 2:05PM MDT • FOX
    Week 5 • A Crucial Catch • presented by U.S. Bank





  • Mon., Oct. 03, 2016 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM MDT Hometown Huddle Hometown Huddle
    Date: Monday 10/3 5-7 pm
    Location: UCHealth Training Facility
    Description: Annual celebration of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver kids participating in the NFL PLAY 60 Challenge.
  • Fri., Oct. 07, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM MDT Crush Night Out Crush Night Out
    October 7, 2016
    6PM - 9:30PM
    Sports Authority Field at Mile High

    Members:
    Click here to purchase tickets


    Crush Night Out is our most popular event and one that most of our members look forward to attending every year. The event provides Crush members with photo and autograph opportunities from their favorite Broncos players as well as a fun night out with friends. This event is normally held in early fall at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

    Membership is free. Not a Crush Member? REGISTER HERE


  • Thu., Oct. 13, 2016 6:25 PM - 9:30 PM MDT GAMEDAY: Broncos at Chargers
    Broncos at Chargers
    Thursday, October 13 • 6:25PM MDT • CBS / NFLN
    Week 6





  • Sat., Oct. 15, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM MDT Trick-or-Treat Party

    Trick-or-Treat Party
    October 15 • 10AM - 2PM
    Sports Authority Field at Mile High

    For more information visit Broncosbunch.com

  • Mon., Oct. 24, 2016 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM MDT GAMEDAY: Texans vs. Broncos
    Texans vs. Broncos
    Monday, October 24 • 6:30PM MDT • ESPN
    Week 7 • NFL Homecoming • Ring of Fame Ceremony • presented by Bud Light





  • Sun., Oct. 30, 2016 2:05 PM - 5:00 PM MDT GAMEDAY: Chargers vs. Broncos
    Chargers vs. Broncos
    Sunday, October 30 • 2:05PM MDT • CBS
    Week 8 • Halloween Extravaganza • presented by Nationwide





  • Tue., Nov. 01, 2016 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM MDT Drive for Life Drive for Life
    Date: Tuesday 11/1, 8 am – 5 pm
    Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    Description: 19th annual community blood drive in partnership with Bonfils Blood Center. Appointments are not needed, for more information please visit: www.bonfils.org
Print
RSS

Ball Watches Practice, Expects to Run 'Next Week'

Posted Aug 9, 2014

Feeling "great" after his appendectomy on Aug. 4, Montee Ball attended practice just five days later.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- When a sharp pain in his right side roused Montee Ball from his sleep at 2:30 Monday morning, he knew he'd felt something he could not ignore.

"I was like, 'Something is most definitely not going on right in there,' so I went and saw 'Greek (Head Athletic Trainer Steve Antonopulos),' our trainer, got a CT and all that, and I was diagnosed."

Not even half a day later, Ball had his appendix removed -- a procedure that in past decades might have cost him several weeks of practice time, but thanks to the advances of laproscopic surgery, may not cost him more than two weeks of practice. The three surgical incisions are healing rapidly.

"It was a quick procedure, a quick, painless procedure," Ball said. "Obviously, they restricted a lot of my movement early on, but now I feel great, I'm moving around right now."

Although Ball can only watch practice, the team's strength and conditioning staff has plenty to keep Ball busy.

"Right now, it's just walking and strengthening up my core and all that stuff," Ball said. "Just listening to my body and taking it day by day and step by step."

Ball said there is "no reason to rush" his recovery, but added that he feels "great," and he expects to begin running "next week." The long-term target remains being available for the regular-season opener against the Indianapolis Colts Sept. 7.

While convalescing at a local hospital, Ball received visits from Antonopulos, Running Backs Coach Eric Studesville and team President/CEO Joe Ellis. Others texted or called, including Head Coach John Fox.

But the visit from Ellis stood out.

"I was sleeping, and all of a sudden, someone knocked on the door, and he walked through," Ball said.

Ellis didn't have any flowers, just some "wise words that I needed to hear."

"He just said, 'We're praying for you, (and) we're all looking out for you,'" Ball recalled. "That's what helped me out a lot: he said, 'If you need anything, you know where I'm at, you have my number and all that stuff, reach out and call me.' He said he'd do anything I need."

Meanwhile, the competition at his position continues apace, with the depth bolstered by solid performances from Ronnie Hillman, Juwan Thompson and Kapri Bibbs in the 21-16 win over Seattle on Thursday.

"The running backs are looking great. The competition is most definitely there," Ball said. "They're most definitely making me work for that spot."

Facebook Comments

Let us know your thoughts. Comment below through Facebook, AOL, Hotmail or Yahoo accounts.