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Ball (appendix) had 13 yards on four carries and 21 yards on four receptions in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.

Ball touched the rock on the first five offensive plays of the game as the Broncos thrust him right into things. It was an interesting way to start his preseason, and should answer any questions about lingering effects from the appendectomy. Locked in as the starter, Ball should be active through the air and near the goal line, in addition to getting most of the early-down work.

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Ball (appendix) is expected to make his 2014 preseason debut Saturday against the Texans, the Denver Post reports.

Ball, who underwent an appendectomy on Aug. 4, was medically cleared for full practice participation Monday.After being initially held out of 11-on-11 team drills, Ball received reps and carries with the Broncos' first-team offense Thursday, which sets the stage for him to see some action Saturday. While it wouldn't surprise us to see him eased back into the mix Saturday, a return to action, in any capacity, would confirm that Ball is on track to be good to go for Week 1.

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Ball (appendix) took part in individual drills, along with getting in some 7-on-7 work with the Broncos' starters at Wednesday's practice, ESPN.com reports.

Ball, who is bouncing back from an appendectomy, returned to practice Tuesday, with his increased participation Wednesday another positive step that points toward the running back being ready for action in advance of Week 1.

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Ball (appendix) did not participate in Tuesday's team practice against the Texans, the Denver Post reports.

Ball, who is still recovering from a recent appendectomy, won't be risked this week in what are usually high-contact intra-squad practices. Expected to be the Broncos' No. 1 running back this season, Ball likely won't feature in either of Denver's remaining two preseason games, leaving Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson go receive first-team reps. Nontheless, Ball still should be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, although that would be his first game action since last season.

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Ball (appendix) will visit with a doctor Monday to determine whether he will be cleared to practice this week, the Denver Post reports.

Even if he is cleared, Ball may be held out of contact-practices this week by the team's medical staff, which would almost certainly keep him from playing in the third preseason game, which comes Saturday against the Texans. With starters traditionally not playing in the fourth preseason game, it's possible that Ball will head into Week 1 with no game-action under his belt this summer. Ronnie Hillman will continue to start in Ball's absence, with C.J. Anderson also getting some reps with the first team.

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Ball (appendix) said Sunday that he could practice this week, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports.

It's not entirely certain where Ball sits in his recovery from an appendectomy, but he is making good progress in his recovery, so consider his return on track. Ball is hoping to play in at least one preseason game, but it remains to be seen if he will get enough work in this week to play in the Broncos' next exhibition contest Saturday.

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Ball (appendix) is hoping to play at least one preseason game, but head coach John Fox said he may hold Ball out until the season opener, the Denver Post reports. "We will play it by ear," Fox said Saturday. "We saw him play plenty a year ago. And we saw him plenty this offseason."

Ball is the unquestioned starter this season, although it's certainly possible he'll be limited in Week 1 if he doesn't play in the preseason at all. Ronnie Hillman has been getting a majority of the first-team snaps in Ball's absence, with Juwan Thompson and Kapri Bibbs backing him up.

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Ball will undergo an appendectomy Monday, but is expected to be ready to play in the Broncos' regular season opener, ESPN reports.

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Montee Ball performed well through the first week of training camp.

Ball has reportedly "shown vision in the run game, decisiveness in his cuts and consistent, quality work in the passing game." ESPN's Broncos reporter says the second-year back is "poised for a big season" and suggests 250 carries. We also know he's going to get all the goal-line work in the game's most explosive offense and is a solid pass-catcher as well. Ball is currently ranked as fantasy's No. 8 running back in our online Draft Guide.

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During the offseason, the Broncos saw "vast improvements" from Montee Ball in his work as both a receiver and pass blocker.