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Hillman is not among the Broncos' Week 2 scratches.

Hillman thus re-enters the Broncos' depth RB mix Sunday behind Montee Ball, along with C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson.

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Hillman is slated to be inactive against the Colts on Sunday, according to the Denver Post.

Though Hillman wasn't on the Broncos' Week 1 injury report, the report notes that lost practice time when Hillman fell ill after the Broncos' Aug. 28 preseason game led the team to believe that he was behind in the squad's preparation in advance of Week 1. As a result, C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson are on track to back up starter Montee Ball on Sunday. The report further adds that Hillman is expected to play next week against the Chiefs.

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Hillman (illness) participated in individual drills during practice Wednesday, the Denver Post reports.

Hillman was limited in practice Monday, but any additional work this week will increase the possibility that he'll be ready to play Sunday night against the Colts. He suffered an undisclosed illness before the team's final preseason game, so it's unclear how quickly he'll be back to 100 percent, but with Montee Ball only three weeks removed from an emergency appendectomy, Hillman will likely be needed to spell Ball quite a bit in Week 1.

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Hillman (illness) was a limited participant in practice Monday, the Denver Post reports.

Hillman missed last Thursday's preseason finale due to an illness that required him to be hospitalized. The team has not given any details regarding the illness, but if he continues to be limited in practice this week, his role for Week 1 against the Colts could be reduced.

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Hillman was hospitalized due to an illness following Thursday's preseason game against the Cowboys, the Denver Post reports.

Hillman and cornerback Kayvon Webster both left the stadium to go to a Dallas-area hospital, but only Webster stayed overnight. Expected to rejoin the team soon, Hillman will likely be fine for next Sunday's opener against the Colts. Should Hillman suffer any kind of setback, some combination of C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson will fill in as Montee Ball's top backup.

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Hillman did not play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Cowboys.

Not that there was any doubt, but Hillman's absence from Thursday's game essentially confirms that he'll enter the season as Montee Ball's top backup. However, the undersized Hillman doesn't profile as a three-down workhorse, so he'd likely split touches with C.J. Anderson and/or Juwan Thompson in the event of an injury to Ball.

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Working as the No. 2 running back, Hillman had 24 yards on seven carries and five yards on one reception in Saturday's preseason game as the Texans.

With Montee Ball (appendix) making his preseason debut, Hillman fell into the backup role that he figures to occupy at the beginning of the season. While C.J. Anderson also got some first-team work, Hillman remains the favorite to serve as Ball's top backup. UDFA Juwan Thompson could also be a factor in the event of a Ball injury.

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Hillman started Sunday's preseason game against the 49ers and finished with four carries for 19 rushing yards and one catch on two targets for six receiving yards.

Hillman got the start in place of Montee Ball, who is still sidelined after undergoing an emergency appendectomy last week. C.J. Anderson, who is competing with Hillman for the backup job, ran for a touchdown, although his 3.2 YPC average fell well short of Hillman's 4.8 on Sunday. Neither back separated himself from the other, so Hillman remains the front-runner for the No. 2 spot through two preseason games.

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Hillman will continue to be the Broncos' top running back, with Montee Ball possibly not playing at all in the preseason after undergoing an emergency appendectomy earlier this week, the Denver Post reports.

Ball is still expected to be the starter in Week 1, but Hillman has a great chance to show what he can do, as C.J. Anderson, who is competing with Hillman for the backup job, is currently sidelined after suffering a concussion in Thursday's preseason opener against the Seahawks. Hillman's best shot at regular playing time is as a third-down back, provided Ball is healthy, as he is a very good pass-catcher, which could make him valuable in many PPR leagues.

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Starting in place of Montee Ball (appendectomy), Hillman gained 15 yards on six carries and five yards on one reception in Thursday's preseason opener against the Seahawks.

C.J. Anderson suffered a concussion, and UDFA Juwan Thompson rumbled for 59 yards on just six carries. Hillman is thought to be ahead of Anderson for the No. 2 role, but there's been some talk of Thompson getting occasional goal-line work with the second-team offense in practice. Should Ball unexpectedly not make it back for Week 1, the Broncos might use a committee at running back. If Ball is fine, Hillman could still handle some of the third-down work, in addition to spelling the former Wisconsin Badger.