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DENVER - Denver Broncos first-string running back Montee Ball will undergo an appendectomy on Monday.

Ball is expected to make a full recovery for the regular season opener against the Indianapolis Colts on September 7th.

"He was feeling the effects of it a little bit and not feeling that great yesterday and then of course came in today not feeling good, which is typical with that prognosis," said Head Coach, John Fox.

"Our medical people got him to the doctor and they determined that's what it was. It didn't explode or anything. It was really a blessing we caught it now. He will have the procedure done immediately and begin the healing process."

After being drafted in the second round in 2013, Ball had a solid season with the Broncos, rushing for 559 yards and four touchdowns.

"It's always tough," said fellow runningback, C.J. Anderson. "I can't wait to get into the locker room and text him. That's a real brother of mine. Just coming through the Combine together, coming here together, learning the things together, growing together so it's tough. But it's an opportunity for a lot of us out there and we're going to have his back. Like I've always said, no matter if it's me or [RB] Ronnie [Hillman] in the game, with 18 (QB Peyton Manning), we don't miss a beat so we're going to keep this going."

The Broncos will open the pre-season Thursday night at 7 p.m. against Seattle at Sports Authority Field.

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