Freeman carried seven times for 23 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 23-22 win over the Chargers. Freeman received his first offensive touches since Week 7, and although he averaged just 3.3 yards per carry, he was able to score on a 3-yard burst into the end zone in the third quarter. He received seven fewer touches than Phillip Lindsay, who generated 106 scrimmage yards and a pair of touchdowns. While Freeman will be in the mix for carries and red-zone touches, Lindsay still owns the larger role in this backfield and should continue as such next Sunday against the Steelers.
Freeman (ankle) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. Freeman missed the Broncos' final two games before their Week 10 bye, but his health looks to be in a better place coming out of the idle period. After Freeman logged a limited practice Wednesday to open the week, coach Vance Joseph predicted that the rookie would be able to suit up Sunday against the Chargers. That optimism was seemingly supported by Freeman's full session Thursday, which puts him on track to rejoin the Denver backfield in Week 11. Phillip Lindsay has headed the backfield committee for most of the season and is expected to continue to maintain the lead role, but Freeman could immediately step in ahead of Devontae Booker as the No. 2 option now that the ankle issue seems to be behind him.
Freeman (ankle) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports. Following practice, coach Vance Joseph provided an update on Freeman, who has missed Denver's last two games. "[Freeman] looked OK; it wasn't perfect, but he wants to be out there," Joseph said. "If I'm a betting man, I'm betting on Royce that he plays [Sunday against the Chargers].'' While Joseph's comments offer optimism regarding Freeman's Week 11 prospects, it's possible that the rookie ends up officially being listed as questionable ahead of Sunday's 4:05 p.m. EST kickoff. If he does return to action as hoped, Freeman -- who has logged four rushing touchdowns in seven games to date -- would rejoin a backfield committee that tilted in Phillip Lindsay's favor prior to Freeman's ankle injury.
Freeman (ankle) is participating in Wednesday's practice, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports. As expected, Freeman is back on the field after the Broncos' Week 10 bye. He'll hope to return from a high-ankle sprain for Sunday's road game against the Chargers. Freeman should be a significant part of the offense if he's able to play, though Phillip Lindsay has proven to be the more useful commodity for both real-life and fantasy purposes. The undrafted rookie has produced 5.4 yards per carry and has caught 20 passes in nine games, while Freeman has averaged 4.4 YPC and has hauled in just four passes through seven appearances. An update on the extent of Freeman's practice participation will come forth once the Broncos release their Wednesday injury report.
Coach Vance Joseph is optimistic Freeman (ankle) will return after the Broncos' Week 10 bye, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports. Freeman missed two straight games leading up to the bye week, but managed a limited practice Friday. His return for Week 11 against the Chargers likely would push Phillip Lindsay into a timeshare and Devontae Booker back to a minimal role out of the Denver backfield.
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