Broncos' Ronnie Hillman (shoulder) limited in practice, plans to play
Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman was limited in practice on Wednesday with a shoulder injury, but said he plans to play Sunday against the New England Patriots, Jeff Legwold of ESPN reports.
Hillman injured his shoulder during Wednesday's practice and dismissed concerns about his availability for Sunday's game.
"I just landed on it funny, it'll be all right," Hillman said following Wednesday's practice.
Asked if he had any concern he wouldn't be able to play in the showdown with the Patriots, Hillman said:
"No, I'm not, I'll be at practice (Thursday). So, I mean, I plan on being at practice (Thursday). I don't know what they're talking about. But I'll be fine. It's nothing that I can't deal with."
With running back Montee Ball out with a groin injury, Hillman has started the past three games for Denver and rushed for 283 yards and two touchdowns, including two 100-yard games.
Denver is No. 1 in the league in points scored and quarterback Peyton Manning is tied for No. 1 with 22 passing touchdowns. The Broncos are No. 21 in rushing yards.
The Broncos are 6-1 and in first place in the AFC West. They play at the Patriots (6-2) on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET. Each team enters the game with a four-game winning streak.
- Paul Palladino