Montee may miss only two weeks

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Fortunately, Montee Ball's appendicitis was caught before the organ could rupture.

His surgery reportedly went well, and the second-year runner is expected to make a full recovery in time for Denver's season opener against Indy.

But in a best case scenario, he could miss as few as two games and return in a couple of weeks.

Until that point, the Broncos will be rolling with a rather young and uninspiring group of backs, unless a veteran is added, as Mike Klis had suggested might happen earlier in the summer.

That corps' youthfulness has Eric Studesville starting at square one.

Ronnie Hillman is expected to start Thursday's preseason opener against Seattle, while C.J. Anderson took first-team snaps during Monday's practice.

Anderson continues to block well, which is always the top priority for playing alongside Peyton Manning.

Broncos

Videos: BTV, John Elway, and John Fox discuss the loss of Ball.

Emmanuel Sanders strained his right quad during Monday's practice, while Julius Thomas returned from his thigh bruise.

Chris Harris saw his first seven-on-seven work Monday and still expects to be ready for the regular season opener.

Anderson used football to escape the negative influence of an uncle who has since cleaned up his life.

Given that he has in a sense been part of the Air Force's PR arm, it's not really surprising to see Ben Garland supportive of his alma mater as rape allegations emerge. Still, the message is a bit off.

Jeff Legwold says the coaching staff has been pleasantly surprised by T.J. Ward's skills in coverage.

At 21 years of age, Shaq Barrett is already a married father of two.

News

Detroit claimed wideout Jon Baldwin off waivers from San Francisco, who waived/injured RB Kendall Hunter.

Chicago wideout Marquess Wilson fractured his clavicle; Seattle added guard Wade Smith; Minnesota signed safety Chris Crocker.

The Giants waived/injured RB David Wilson, while Cleveland waived lineman Jason Pinkston; their careers are likely over; Tampa Bay paid guard Carl Nicks a $3M injury settlement after MRSA ended his career.

Dan Snyder continues to ignore the Native Americans who are calling for him to change his team's blatantly racist name.

No Females League

Dan Graziano thinks it's time that Roger Goodell finally give up the gavel on player punishments.

But Aaron Gordon says we shouldn't all be so surprised by Goodell's leniency with the Ray Rice suspension, given our society and how the NFL has treated other important issues.

Analysis

Mike Florio, Peter King, and Barry Petchesky discuss Andy Dalton's new deal, which will pay him $18M this year, but just $7M in 2015.

Team Previews: Chicago (Robert Mays); Tennessee (Drew Magary); Green Bay, Baltimore (Christmas Ape).

Doug Farrar includes Chris Harris among the league's most underrated defenders, but the only way he's underrated is that he's not a household name.

Mike Tanier discusses some of the more exciting trends of today's game.

Chase Stuart looks for meaning in higher completion rates to tight ends and how they can affect offenses as a whole.

PFT Commenter seizes upon the latest tone-deaf Twitter campaign to uphold the Washington franchise's blatantly racist name.

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