Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm
Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (foot, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 15. C.J. Anderson is expected to play, and that will impact Hillman’s touches in a tough matchup against Pittsburgh.
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:06pm
Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 6:21pm
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:31pm
Broncos RB C.J. Anderson (ankle) and Ronnie Hillman (foot) did not practice Wednesday. HC Gary Kubiak said that Anderson and Hillman should both be full participants on Friday, but we’re more optimistic about Hillman since he played through the injury last week. Kubiak even suggested that Juwan Thompson may start this week even if Anderson and Hillman practice fully on Friday. Complicating matters, the Broncos play late on Sunday.
Friday, December 4, 2015, 6:28pm
Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (tooth, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 13. Hillman is being outplayed by C.J. Anderson right now, but he’s still going to see 10-12 carries against San Diego.
Thursday, December 3, 2015, 5:56pm
Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (tooth) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Hillman is being outplayed by C.J. Anderson right now, but he’s still going to see 10-12 carries against San Diego.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 6:12pm
Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (tooth) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Tooth? Apparently Ronnie Hillman has a tooth injury. We’ll monitor this odd ailment this week, but we’re assuming he’s going to be out there on Sunday. He has lost some touches to C.J. Anderson, who has been the better back since the team’s bye.
Who starts at running back for the Denver Broncos has been the topic of more than a few conversations between coach Gary Kubiak and his staff.
Kubiak has been also been asked plenty about how he plans to divvy up the carries between Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson and for the most part Kubiak has routinely answered he views both backs as starters so that means something fairly close to a 50-50 split in the workload.
And to this point Hillman has 138 carries in 11 games, including 14 in Sunday night's win over the New England Patriots, while Anderson has 117 carries this season, including the 15 he had against the Patriots. Both players would very much like to be the team's starter, but for the most part they have each performed their best in games when they weren't.
While it may be risky fantasy strategy, the story pointed out the better back tends to be the one who doesn't start. Hillman has three 100-yard rushing games this season and two of those have come in games Anderson started -- Hillman's 103 yards rushing against the Minnesota Vikings and his 111 yards rushing against the Cleveland Browns. Anderson has two 100-yard rushing games this season and both -- his 113 yards rushing Sunday night against the Patriots and 101 yards rushing against Green Bay -- were in games Hillman started. That's four 100-yard games by non-starters. Apparently the pursuit of the starting job means a little something, the story said.
Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:53pm
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:07pm
Beat writer Troy E. Renck on the struggles of the Denver running game:
Ronnie Hillman made some good cuts but was neutralized. And C.J. Anderson finished with two carries. Kansas City showed Peyton Manning no respect. The Chiefs squatted on short passing routes, crowded the line of scrimmage, creating few openings for the Broncos to run or pass. The offensive line remains wildly inconsistent. This week provides an interesting scenario. I would expect the Broncos to ask Brock Osweiler to manage the game, meaning more reliance on the run against a week Bears' rush defense, followed by a handful of play-action shots down field. If the Broncos don't run well against Chicago, it should be a chilling concern.
Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm
Broncos RB C.J. Anderson (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 10. Anderson has looked good since the bye and is gaining on Ronnie Hillman, who was ineffective in Week 9.
Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm
Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (quadricep, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 10. Hillman played through the injury but wasn’t effective in the Broncos’ last game. C.J. Anderson is once again pushing for RB1-type carries, but we expect Hillman to get another start.
Thursday, November 12, 2015, 6:09pm
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