Montee Ball is set to be the featured back for the Denver Broncos this year, so it’s good that he’s actually healthy now after having his appendix removed on Aug. 4.
As a matter-of-fact, Ball has made such a quick recovery from his surgery that the running back is reportedly ready to play Saturday night against the Houston Texans, one week ahead of schedule.
Ball was medically cleared on Monday but was held out of 11-on-11 drills until Thursday, a momentous day that was marked by Ball’s “Heeeees baaaaaccckkk!” tweet.
Though Ball is ready to get back on the field now, don’t look for him to get a huge number of carries in just his first preseason game. Teams generally don’t like to overuse their starting RB in preseason anyway.
In addition to Ball, the Broncos will also get back defensive end Von Miller, who has been out since tearing his ACL last December.
Miller told The Denver Post:
“I’ve had a lot of practice at full speed,” Miller said. “And with all the practicing here with the Texans, I think it will help make the game seem a little easier. I’m excited.”
With Miller and Ball both returning to action, the Broncos are at full strength for their preseason dress rehearsal against the Texans.
And the momentum the Broncos begin building in this pivotal third preseason game will carry them into the season and right on to another soul-crushingly disappointing finish somewhere down the line, possibly in the Super Bowl again.
But be happy anyway, Broncos fans.