Montee Ball will visit his doctor Monday in the hope he will be cleared to practice this week.
The Broncos' starting running back missed the previous two weeks to recover from an appendectomy. Even if Ball does receive his doctor's clearance, the Broncos' medical team may not allow him to take contact during practices Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in preparation to play Houston. And he may not play in the Broncos' third preseason game against the Texans.
"But I am hoping so," he said. "I'm tired of sitting around."
It's good news Ball is nearly back, even if he doesn't get any preseason action. The team said they aren't concerned either way and won't rush him. He may get eased in and get off to a slow start in the regular season as a result, but there doesn't seem any need to panic and we expect him to take over the RB1 role sooner than later.