Ball says he's working on core strength and expects to begin running in the next week, with further milestones to be determined depending on his progress. Week 1 remains his target. For now, the opportunity falls to other running backs, which is where we start Five Thoughts for the 17th day of training camp.
1. Ball's recovery from an appendectomy and the time
Thompson's place on the depth chart -- fourth among all running backs, but second among the healthy ones -- made this possible. With no pads for the practice, Thompson had a chance to ease into the increased demands without the threat of being blown up in blitz pickup.
"When you're on the field, it's just 100 percent focus. Know what you're doing at all times, and even when there's something new that happens out here, just carry it back into the locker room, write it down so you can remember it for later, because the same thing may come up again," Thompson said.
2. The performance of the running backs -- and the expected recovery of Ball and Anderson -- means that status quo regarding the position is an option for Head Coach John Fox.
Although Fox noted that he's always looking to improve the roster through any means, he affirmed his faith in the running backs he has on hand.
"Right now there is nothing pressing. We feel pretty good about the group we have," he said.
During Saturday's practice, Boyett was playing deep when
The Broncos' depth at safety makes pushing for playing time a challenge for Boyett, who was on the practice squad last year and might find himself in the same spot this year. But his knack for being at the center of plays makes him an intriguing prospect.
Harris is rounding into form. His cuts and breaks are becoming sharper each day. Although the Broncos will be cautious -- and understandably so -- with over four weeks left until Week 1, he appears to be on track.