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If healthy, Ronnie Hillman "definitely will start"




ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --In three of the Broncos' last four games, they've had a 100-yard rusher. Each time, the 100-yarder was the half of the platoon who didn't start.

So when Head Coach Gary Kubiak says he sees Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson as co-starters, he means it.

For a second consecutive week, Hillman will start, Kubiak announced Thursday. He reiterated that Friday after Hillman was limited for a second consecutive practice because of a thigh injury.

"No doubt. He definitely would start," Kubiak said. "I think he's going to be fine.

"[Hillman[ looked a lot better today than he did yesterday. I think he's just sore coming off of it. He's had a couple of good days here to work on it, so I think he'll be okay."

But this season, their workload has been nearly equal; Anderson has 95 touches, Hillman 92. In the past four games, Hillman has 63 touches and Anderson has 57.


Their production has also been close to identical; Hillman has 395 yards from scrimmage, just nine more than Anderson.

This balance is expected to continue.

"I see them both as ones. They played pretty much right down the middle," Kubiak said. "We know how C.J. responded."

Anderson had his first 100-yard game of the season in the first game that he did not start, eviscerating the Packers for 101 yards and a 28-yard touchdown on 14 carries.

The bye week allowed him to rest and recuperate from injuries that nagged him, and he displayed the same acceleration, sharp cuts and elusiveness that defined him last year.

Kubiak would also like to get Juwan Thompson involved as the second-year running back puts a hamstring injury behind him.

"Juwan looks good this week, too," Kubiak said. I want to get him involved. I think when he's had the opportunity to touch the ball this year he's done some good things. [We have] just had a hard time keeping him healthy."

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