Mike Boone

Denver Broncos
Running Back #5
Denver Broncos
Running Back #5

Mike Boone News

Finishes season with six touches

Boone appeared in eight games in 2021 and rushed four times for 35 yards while catching his only two targets for 22 yards.

Analysis: Boone missed the first five games of the 2021 campaign with a quadriceps injury he suffered before the season in training camp. When the veteran running back made his return to the field, his involvement was minimal as a result of the near-even backfield split between Melvin Gordon and rookie Javonte Williams. Both backs had a strong year, so Boone played a depth role for the games in which he was active, while also contributing on special teams. Boone is entering the second year of his two-year contract he signed in March of 2021, so he will likely be a member of the Broncos next season. Gordon, however, is set to become a free agent this offseason. It's possible that Boone could become Denver's de facto No. 2 running back behind Williams if Gordon signs with another team. In that scenario, Boone would hold some value in 2022 as a change-of-pace back for a team that runs the ball effectively.

Jan 15, 2022 10:00 AM EST


Returns from COVID-19 list

Denver reinstated Boone (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Denver received a roster exemption for Boone, so he could be eased back into the fold with lighter workloads in practice to begin the week after he spent 10 days on the reserve/COVID-19 list following his positive test of the virus. Through five appearances with Denver this season, Boone has garnered only seven touches (five carries, two receptions), but he's produced 47 yards from scrimmage. Even so, Boone isn't likely to see much of an uptick in opportunity over Denver's final three games while both Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams are healthy.

Dec 21, 2021 4:51 PM EST



Tests positive for COVID-19

The Broncos placed Boone on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday due to a positive test for the virus, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: As a result, Boone won't be available Sunday against the Lions. The Broncos list Melvin Gordon (hip/shoulder) as questionable for Week 14, so if he ends up sitting a second game in a row, Damarea Crockett would be the only other running back on the active roster behind rookie second-rounder Javonte Williams.

Dec 10, 2021 2:36 PM EST


Placed in COVID protocol

Boone was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Boone was pulled from Friday's practice after reporting that he wasn't feeling well. While he hasn't been officially ruled out for Sunday's game against Detroit, it's highly unlikely that Boone will clear the COVID-19 protocol in time to suit up. The Broncos are optimistic that Melvin Gordon (hip/shoulder) will be able to play, but if Gordon and Boone both end up sitting, Damarea Crockett would be left as the lone backup to Javonte Williams.

Dec 10, 2021 1:17 PM EST


Limited role in loss

Boone rushed four times for 35 yards and caught his only target for 19 yards in Sunday's 22-9 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Boone operated as the Broncos' No. 2 running back in the contest with Melvin Gordon (hip/shoulder) sidelined, though it was rookie Javonte Williams who received the bulk of the carries and targets out of the backfield. Boone showed the burst that he's known for, but Williams stole the show in his first action as a true feature back. With Gordon likely practicing ahead of Week 14 matchup with the Lions, Boone should return to his usual depth role as the third man up on the depth chart.

Dec 8, 2021 4:26 AM EST



Likely headed for No. 2 role

Boone is expected to serve as the Broncos' No. 2 running back behind Javonte Williams in Sunday's game against the Chiefs with Melvin Gordon (hip/shoulder) listed as doubtful for the contest, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Gordon wasn't able to practice in any capacity this week, making it likely that he'll be inactive for the first time all season. Through their first 11 games, the Broncos have deployed a near-even backfield timeshare of Gordon and Williams, with both receiving similar snap and touch counts in nearly every game. That has left scant work for Boone since coming off injured reserve Week 6, though he showed the ability to produce on the occasions he saw carries for the Vikings the past three seasons. Even so, rather than simply plugging Boone in for Gordon as part of a timeshare, the Broncos are more likely to prepare the Williams for his first look in a three-down bellcow role, with Boone likely mixing in when the rookie requires a breather.

Dec 3, 2021 2:00 PM EST


Suits up Sunday

Boone (hip) is active for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Analysis: Boone trended up all week in practice and is accordingly good to go Sunday. He'll see action in just his fourth game of the year.

Nov 28, 2021 11:44 AM EST


Participates fully Friday

Boone (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: Boone was limited in the first two practice sessions of the week before being a full-go Friday. It's looking likely he'll resume his predominantly special-teams role come Sunday.

Nov 26, 2021 2:54 PM EST


Limited at Wednesday's practice

Boone (hip) was a limited participate at practice Wednesday, George Stoia III of The Denver Gazette reports.

Analysis: Boone was inactive for the Week 10 loss to the Eagles, but he's back at practice coming out of the bye week. The 26-year-old should be able to avoid an injury designation for this weekend if he can practice fully later in the week.

Nov 24, 2021 8:42 PM EST


Can't go Sunday

Boone (hip) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: Boone was limited Thursday before a DNP on Friday. Damarea Crockett should pick up the slack in the meantime.

Nov 14, 2021 12:39 PM EST


Listed as questionable

The Broncos have listed Boon (hip) as questionable for Sunday's matchup with the Eagles, Aric DiLalla of the team's official website reports.

Analysis: Boone reportedly suffered the injury at Thursday's practice. His status Sunday will depend on how he is feeling during pregame warmups.

Nov 13, 2021 6:55 AM EST


Inactive against Browns

Boone (coach's decision) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Browns, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Boone made his season debut last week but played just five offensive snaps against the Raiders. He won't suit up against Cleveland, and Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams will shoulder the load for the Broncos once again.

Oct 21, 2021 4:02 PM EST


Limited role in season debut

Boone caught his only target for three yards while failing to record a single rushing attempt in Sunday's 34-24 loss to the Raiders

Analysis: Boone made his season debut Sunday, but veteran only managed to play on six of the teams 81 offensive snaps. The running back did, however, play on 61 percent of Denver's special teams plays. Boone is buried on the Broncos' depth chart behind both Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams, as the two are splitting time almost evenly. The 26-year-old speedster will likely continue to see limited snaps on offense barring an injury to either Gordon or Williams. Nonetheless, Boone will have a chance to see the field in some capacity again when the Broncos visit the Browns on Thursday night.

Oct 19, 2021 6:58 AM EST


On track to play

Boone (quadriceps) was activated off injured reserve Saturday and is expected to play Sunday against the Raiders, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: It'll be interesting to see how much playing time Boone syphons away from Melvin Gordon (hip) and Javonte Williams given the duo have operated in a 55-45 split. Signed this offseason as a change-of-pace option, Boone figures to be more of a reserve depth piece unless one of the aforementioned players suffers an injury.

Oct 16, 2021 2:49 PM EST


Could play Sunday

Coach Vic Fangio said Boone (quadriceps) is "ready to go," Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: Fangio's update of Boone's progress is promising when it comes to his possible return to the field. Before that can happen, the Broncos will need to activate the 26-year-old running back from IR ahead of Sunday's game against the Raiders. Assuming Boone is activated, there is a chance that he could be relied upon right out of the gate, as his teammate Melvin Gordon is dealing with a hip issue that caused him to miss practice Wednesday. It is unclear if this new injury will cause Gordon to miss time, especially since Gordon has played through both rib and lower leg issues over the past two weeks. If the veteran misses time and Boone is in fact activated, it's likely he would immediately become Denver's No. 2 running back behind rookie Javonte Williams in Week 6. In this scenario, Boone is someone to keep an eye on for fantasy purposes, as Denver has utilized a split backfield through the first five weeks of the season.

Oct 13, 2021 8:43 PM EST


Not returning Week 5

The Broncos didn't activate Boone (quadriceps) from injured reserve Saturday, making him ineligible to play Sunday against the Steelers, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Head coach Vic Fangio teased a potential Boone return Sunday while the running back practiced for a second straight week, but the Broncos will ultimately keep him off the 53-man roster for a little longer. Since Boone's 21-day evaluation window opened Sept. 29, Denver will have to activate him by Oct. 20, or shut him down for the season. While Boone is idle for at least one more game, Damarea Crockett will serve as the No. 3 back behind Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams.

Oct 10, 2021 9:55 AM EST


Close to returning

Boone (quadriceps) is close to making his return to the field, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: Coach Vic Fangio said Thursday that Boone is "real close" to being back for the Broncos. The veteran running back has been practicing for the past two weeks, and it's possible that the team could activate him from IR ahead of Week 5. Even if Boone returns, one could assume that he would struggle to cut into the workload of either Melvin Gordon or Javonte Williams, as the two remain entrenched as the Broncos' one-two punch out of the backfield. An injury to either player could open up a path to fantasy production for the 26-year-old speedster. Next up for the Broncos is a matchup against a Steelers defense giving up an average of 99 yards per game.

Oct 8, 2021 6:22 AM EST


Not available Week 4

Boone (quadriceps) was not activated off injured reserve and therefore will not be available Sunday against the Ravens, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Boone managed to practice all week, but the team will opt to take the cautious approach with the depth running back. It's hard to imagine Boone threatening the workload of either Melvin Gordon or Javonte Williams especially the way the duo has been running as of late, so any path to consistent production will likely depend on the health status of the aforementioned ball carriers.

Oct 2, 2021 2:41 PM EST


Could play Sunday

Boone (quadriceps) has the possibility to suit up Sunday, but coach Vic Fangio noted that the team "may wait another week on him," Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Boone practiced with the team this week, but he has yet to be promoted to the active roster. If the veteran running back does make his return to the field in Week 4 against the Ravens, it is safe to assume that he won't have a prominent role in the team's gameplan outside of handling a few carries and potentially contributing on special teams. Boone was having a solid training camp before suffering a quadriceps injury, but with Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams running effectively in the Denver offense, it remains unclear if Boone will have any path to consistent production. The 26-year-old would be someone for fantasy managers to consider if either Gordon or Williams were to be sidelined with an injury, as this would be Boone's best bet for anything close to fantasy relevance.

Oct 1, 2021 4:07 PM EST


Looking healthy in practice

Boone (quadriceps) showed no signs of limitations while participating in individual drills during Thursday's practice, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Boone was able to run, cut and accelerate without any issues as he prepares to return to the field. It appears the 26-year-old has recovered from a quadriceps injury he suffered in August. If Denver decides to play Boone this week, it is plausible to think that he could handle a few carries and contribute on special teams in the Broncos' Week 4 matchup against the Ravens.

Sep 30, 2021 6:16 PM EST


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