The Broncos will be without Ronnie Hillman for at least two weeks after the starting running back suffered a midfoot sprain in his right foot Sunday, according to an NFL source.
Hillman seemed to suffer the injury as he was attempting to catch a pass early in the Broncos' 41-17 win against the Oakland Raiders. He limped off the field and had his right ankle taped then returned to the game.
With Hillman ailing, Anderson had a breakout game, rushing for 90 yards and turning a short reception into an electrifying 51-yard touchdown. Ball has missed the past five games because of a groin injury but is expected to return this week to play against the St. Louis Rams.
It will be interesting to see the pecking order the Broncos use going forward. CJ Anderson in my view has certainly earned the right to start ahead of Montee Ball but Montee Ball is a 2nd round pick and that might be enough to get him back on the field again. Here is how each back has performed thus far:
Montee Ball - 55 carries for 172 yards (3.1 per carry), 9 receptions for 62 yards
Ronnie Hillman - 91 carries for 378 yards (4.2 per carry), 20 receptions for 137 yards
CJ Anderson - 30 carries for 172 yards (5.7 per carry), 8 receptions for 107 yards
Juwan Thompson - 30 carries for 121 yards (4.0 per carry), 2 receptions for 6 yards
Given the production, it can be argued that the pecking order with Ronnie Hillman out of the picture the next few weeks should be Anderson, Thompson, Ball, and Bibbs.
We will keep you updated as details emerge.