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Stadium: Sports Authority Field | Coach: John Fox
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Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman expected to play Week 9
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Broncos coach John Fox told reporters that running back Ronnie Hillman was a full participant in practice Friday and is expected to play Week 9 against the Patriots, according to the Denver Post.

Hillman is expected to take his usual workload and will be seeking his third straight 100-yard game at Foxboro. He has 283 yards on the ground over his first three games since taking over for an injured Montee Ball.

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Report: Broncos RB Hillman should be fine for Sunday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

A shoulder issue that limited the work of Broncos featured back Ronnie Hillman in practice Thursday should not prevent him from playing Sunday against host New England, the Boston Globe has reported.

Hillman is coming off a season-best 109-yard performance in Week 8 and has 345 yards on the ground in the last four games combined.

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Broncos WR Wes Welker feels 'strange' as third wheel
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Broncos veteran wide receiver Wes Welker told the Denver Post that it feels "kind of strange" being the third option in the offense.

The 33-year-old Welker has just 19 catches for 181 yards and one touchdown in five games played this season. "I feel like I am the weak link of our offense," he said. "But if I am the weak link, we're going to be OK."

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning has shown faith in Welker, to whom he's thrown nine times on third down this season for six receptions and four first downs.

Welker owns the NFL record for most receptions by an undrafted player. He has racked up 860 career catches.

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T.J. Ward feels bad Gronkowski was hurt on low hit, but 'that's about it'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Broncos safety T.J. Ward might hear a chorus of boos reign down in his direction during Sunday's game at New England, and that's because Ward was the player responsible for sending Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski to injured reserve last season.

Ward, who was playing for the Browns last season, ended Gronkowski's season in Week 14 last season with a helmet-to-knee hit that tore Gronkowski’s right ACL and MCL. Ward said he has no regrets about the play and wasn’t purposely trying to take out Gronkowski’s knee, per The Boston Globe.

"I feel bad he got hurt, you know, but that’s about it," Ward said Wednesday. "I’m just playing fast out there, and coincidentally, it was a bang-bang play. I think if he wouldn’t have gotten hurt, then it wouldn’t be an issue."

Ward, who is seven inches shorter and 65 pounds lighter than Gronkowski, said the only way to tackle Gronkowski is by going low.

"Gronk’s a big dude. He gets hit, and he keeps going. Guys bounce off him, and he’s throwing guys left and right," Ward said. "I was taught that if you can take a guy’s wheels away from him, he’s no longer mobile, and that’s what you’ve got to do with big guys. I’m not going to go in there and bang heads with somebody that’s 60 pounds more than me. I’m going to hurt myself."

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A good week for backup running backs
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Setting your lineup has been pretty easy to this point, right? I mean, it may not seem like it, but with no more than two teams on bye in any of the last four weeks, you haven't had to scramble to fill a roster spot like you might have in years past.

Which means Week 9 could be quite a shock to you ... and everyone else playing Fantasy Football. A full six teams are on bye, which probably impacts most every roster in some way.

If you didn't prepare for it, you'll have to resort to the waiver wire, which is slim pickings this late in the week, especially at running back. This may be one of those weeks where you have to turn to a backup -- in a real-life sense, that is -- to give your team a chance.

Looking over their Week 9 rankings, Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard like several backups enough to start them this week, if only in a desperate situation. The Bengals' Jeremy Hill, the 49ers' Carlos Hyde, the Broncos' Juwan Thompson and the Seahawks' Christine Michael could find their teams up big in the second half, allowing them to deliver starter numbers in garbage time.

Of course, if you have a shot at a fill-in starter like Andre Williams or Bobby Rainey instead, that's probably the preferred way to go, but not everyone is so lucky.

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