ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – With Montee Ball‘s injury, the Denver Broncos will divide carries among the remaining running backs on their depth chart.

And whether it be those with fantasy football teams, those longtime fans who fill the seats at Sports Authority Field at Mile High or both, folks want to know who is going to run the ball, and how often, for the Broncos in the weeks to come.

The answer is fairly clear, at least in the sample size of the Peyton Manning era with the team, but Broncos have been fairly consistent in how they have filled that role. Since Manning signed before the 2012 season, the Broncos have stuck to roughly the same running back rotation, no matter who was in the lineup or who was on the depth chart.

This season, with Ball having left the Broncos’ victory over the Arizona Cardinals after he suffered a groin injury in the third quarter, he has had 55.6 percent of the Broncos’ carries and played 67.8 percent of the snaps at running back.

Because he has been improved in pass protection, Ball’s snap count had nudged over 65 percent, because if you’re a running back in this offense and you can’t help protect Manning, then you don’t get the ball on running downs, either.

This coaching staff has stuck to similar numbers, for the most part, for the “lead” back. And because Ronnie Hillman has worked with the first-team offense the most this week, those are rough parameters you’re looking at for him as well.

Sure, if Hillman gets rolling, offensive coordinator Adam Gase would be more apt to let him lug the rock a few more times. The same principle applies …read more