Report: Patriots sign RB Montee Ball with LeGarrette Blount injured

Montee Ball played two seasons with the Broncos to start his career.
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The New England Patriots added to their running back depth on Tuesday, signing former Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball to their practice squad, according to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.

LeGarrette Blount suffered a hip injury on Sunday night against the Houston Texans and was spotted on crutches Tuesday. There's clearly some doubt as to whether or not he'll be able to play this week, which is what led the Patriots to add Ball. 

Ball, a second-round pick in 2013, has rushed for 731 yards and five touchdowns in his career, but hasn't played a down this season. He disappointed with the Broncos after being a touchdown-scoring machine in college at Wisconsin, where he played alongside James White.

Brandon Bolden and White are the only other running backs on the active roster. Bolden saw an increased role on Sunday after Blount went down and could be in line for more snaps this coming week, as well. White will continue to be a pass-catching back for the Patriots, and has done a great job of doing so following Dion Lewis' injury.

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