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 three-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 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 Wednesday's practice, coach Vance Joseph noted that Freeman -- who has missed Denver's last two games -- "looked OK, it wasn't perfect, but he wants to be out there. If I'm a betting man, I'm betting on Royce that he plays'' this weekend. With that in mind, it's still possible that Freeman ends up officially listed as questionable for Sunday's 4:05 ET kickoff against the Chargers, but he's clearly trending in the right direction in advance of that contest. If he does return to action as hoped, Freeman -- who has logged four rushing TDs in seven games to date -- would re-join a backfield committee that tilts in Phillip Lindsay's favor.
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 reiterated Monday that he expects Freeman (ankle) to return to practice this week, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
Freeman did get in one limited practice Friday of Week 9, but he never seemed to have much chance of playing in an eventual loss to the Texans. Coming out of a Week 10 bye, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him listed as a full participant at Wednesday's practice, though a limited session is also possible. Freeman will be a full month removed from suffering a high-ankle sprain when the Broncos travel to Los Angeles to face the Chargers on Sunday. His return would be bad news for anyone invested in Phillip Lindsay, who posted his top two carry totals (18 and 17) in the two games Freeman missed. Devontae Booker benefited to a lesser extent, receiving 12 carries and eight targets over two weeks.
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