Ronnie Hillman RB DEN 2 months ago

Hillman will begin OTAs in a battle with Montee Ball for backup carries behind C.J. Anderson, head coach Gary Kubiak said last week.

Hillman was the third running back on the depth chart to begin last season but eventually became the starter when Montee Ball went down with a groin injury. Unfortunately, Hillman then suffered a foot injury, which propelled Anderson into the lead spot. Anderson greatly outperformed the other two backs, which is why he'll get the first shot at the starting job, though there figures to be plenty of competition.

Ronnie Hillman RB DEN 4 months ago

Hillman had two carries for eight yards in Sunday's 24-13 loss to the Colts.

After taking a big chunk out of C.J. Anderson's workload in Week 17, Hillman was nearly invisible against the Colts. Anderson accounted for 24 of Denver's 26 running-back touches, and he played better than his statistics -- 18 carries for 80 yards, six catches for 29 yards -- would seem to suggest. The Broncos have made some questionable decisions with running backs the past couple of years, but Anderson erased any potential uncertainty for 2015. That means Hillman's best-case scenario is to enter OTAs as the clear No. 2 running back, but it's also possible that he'll have to compete with Montee Ball and/or Juwan Thompson for positioning on the depth chart. While he strung together some nice performances prior to missing Weeks 11-16 with a foot injury, Hillman was far less impressive than Anderson.

Ronnie Hillman RB DEN 5 months ago

Hillman (foot) had 15 carries for 56 rushing yards and one catch on two targets for two receiving yards during Sunday's win over the Raiders.

C.J. Anderson dominated the early touches, rushing 13 times for 87 yards and three touchdowns before giving way Hillman to clean up the rest of the game. Hillman was playing for the first time since Week 10 against the Raiders, and with the Broncos earning a first-round playoff bye, Hillman should be fully healthy for the playoffs, though Anderson will likely still get a majority of the touches.

Ronnie Hillman RB DEN 5 months ago

Hillman (foot) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

In his return to action for the first time since Nov. 9, look for Hillman to work in a complementary role behind C.J. Anderson.

Ronnie Hillman RB DEN 5 months ago

Hillman (foot) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Raiders, the Denver Post reports.

After practicing fully all week, Hillman is poised to rejoin the Broncos' backfield mix Sunday, and in his anticipated return to action, look for him to work in a complementary role behind C.J. Anderson.

Ronnie Hillman RB DEN 5 months ago

Hillman (foot) was listed as a full practice participant Wednesday, the Broncos' official site reports.

The session marked the first time that Hillman -- who practiced in a limited fashion last week -- has had full practice participation since he sprained his foot on Nov. 9. "He's obviously further ahead than he was this time a week ago," coach John Fox said Wednesday, as the Broncos prepare for Sunday's home game against the Raiders. "The fact that we're on grass, not on [artificial] turf, (there are) a lot of variables, but I like what I see." While Hillman may finally return to the Broncos' backfield mix this weekend, it's hard to imagine him immediately supplanting C.J. Anderson as the team's lead back.

Ronnie Hillman RB DEN 5 months ago

Hillman (foot) is inactive for Monday's game against the Bengals.

With Hillman still out, Juwan Thompson is in line to work in a complementary role behind C.J. Anderson on Monday, with Mike Klis of the Denver Post indicating that Hillman is targeting a Week 17 return.

Ronnie Hillman RB DEN 5 months ago3 Comments

Hillman (foot) said Saturday that he has still not been told whether or not he will play Monday against the Bengals, the Denver Post reports. "I was better than I was," Hillman man. "Getting better. Progressing. I'm jus waiting for them to say, 'You're up this week.' Whenever that happens, it happens. Playoffs, next week, I don't know."

Hillman has been absent since suffering the injury in Week 10, and even if he is cleared to play, C.J. Anderson figures to continue getting a majority of the touches out of the backfield, which makes Hillman a relatively weak fantasy option versus what he was before the injury.

Ronnie Hillman RB DEN 5 months ago

Hillman (foot) is questionable for Monday's game against Cincinnati.

Hillman was able to make limited practice appearances all week, but his status remains up in the air. Even if he does suit up, it's possible that the Broncos will again lean heavily on C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson, though Thompson (hip/knee) is questionable himself.

Ronnie Hillman RB DEN 5 months ago

Hillman (left foot) was limited at practice again on Friday, the Denver Post reports.

We'll have to see how the Broncos list Hillman for Monday's game against the Bengals, but if he is able to return to the team's backfield mix this week, he'll presumably work in a complementary role behind C.J. Anderson.