Mike Boone

Houston Texans
Running Back #5
Houston Texans
Running Back #5

Mike Boone News

Goes on IR, season over

The Broncos placed Boone (ankle) on injured reserve Tuesday, Parker Gabriel of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Boone will miss Denver's final four games of the season while he heads to IR for a second time, with both stints being the result of high-ankle sprains. He returned from his first five-week stay on IR in Week 13, lasting just two games before injuring the ankle again. Boone, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, will conclude the 2022 campaign with 24 carries for 102 yards and nine catches for 96 yards on 15 targets over his nine appearances. Denver is now left with Latavius Murray and Marlon Mack as the lone backs on its 53-man roster.

Dec 13, 2022 2:13 PM EST

Could miss time

When asked if Boone (ankle) might be done for the season, coach Nathaniel Hackett acknowledged that "'it doesn't look good right now" for the running back, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: The report notes that the team is still evaluating the ankle injury Boone sustained in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs, but if he does end up missing time, the Broncos will need to add backfield depth behind Latavius Murray and Marlon Mack. Devine Ozigbo is currently a member of Denver's practice squad.

Dec 12, 2022 2:43 PM EST

Injures ankle Sunday

Boone was carted off the field during Sunday's game against the Chiefs after suffering an ankle injury, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Before his exit from the contest, Boone ran three times for two yards and caught two passes for 27 yards. In his absence, Latavius Murray and Marlon Mack will handle Denver's Week 14 backfield touches.

Dec 11, 2022 2:27 PM EST

Role likely to grow Week 14

Broncos offensive coordinator Justin Outten said he "absolutely" envisions Boone having a larger role this Sunday against the Chiefs, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports. "The second week [back from injured reserve] I see him going up," Outten said of Boone.

Analysis: After a five-week stint on IR due to an ankle injury, Boone was activated in advance of last Sunday's game against the Ravens. Boone played 12 snaps in the 10-9 loss and carried six times for 18 yards to go with one reception for eight yards, working ahead of Marlon Mack (five snaps) but firmly behind starter Latavius Murray (35). Though Murray is likely to continue to start against Kansas City, expect the gap in usage between him and Boone to be more narrow now that the latter is further removed from the injury. The fantasy upside isn't especially high for either back while they remain tied to the NFL's lowest-scoring offense (13.8 points per game), but finding more opportunities for the 27-year-old Boone could become a priority for the 3-9 Broncos, especially once the team is officially eliminated from playoff contention. The 32-year-old Murray is on an expiring deal and is averaging just 3.7 yards per carry through seven games with Denver.

Dec 8, 2022 12:22 PM EST

Limited role in return

Boone rushed six times for 18 yards and secured his only target for eight yards in Sunday's 10-9 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Boone operated as Denver's No. 2 running back behind Latavius Murray, who handled 17 carries in the contest. In the backup role, Boone played just 12 of the Broncos' 53 offensive snaps. The veteran likely faces an uphill battle to fantasy relevance with Denver's continued ineffectiveness on offense. Boone's potential contributions as a pass catcher also seem to be in danger with Murray tied for the second-most targets in the Denver passing game Sunday. Nonetheless, the 27-year-old should remain in his role as a change-of-pace back when the Broncos host the Chiefs in Week 14, though he is extremely difficult to trust for fantasy purposes.

Dec 6, 2022 8:10 AM EST

Activated off IR

Boone (ankle) was activated off injured reserve Saturday.

Analysis: Boone has been on injured reserve since Week 8, but the veteran almost immediately returns to a relevant fantasy spot with the likes of Latavius Murray and Marlon Mack shouldering the backfield burden at the moment. Boone easily profiles to be the best receiving back of the bunch, but it's unclear how much work that role would have in a Broncos offense that has ground itself to a halt over recent weeks.

Dec 3, 2022 11:03 AM EST

Designated to return from IR

Denver designated Boone (ankle) to return from injured reserve Wednesday, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Boone, who's been on IR since Week 8 due to an ankle injury, is now eligible to practice with the team and will have a 21-day period to be added to the active roster. He's totaled 21 touches for 143 yards across seven appearances this season, but when available, he could see an increased workload in Denver's new-look running back room, which currently features Latavius Murray and Marlon Mack. Boone's status for Week 13 remains unclear, but more information on his availability should surface later in the week.

Nov 30, 2022 1:51 PM EST

Could return after Week 12

Boone (ankle) could return from injured reserve following Week 12, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Boone is eligible to return from IR in Week 13 after recovering from an ankle injury suffered in Week 8. The veteran would be welcomed into a running back room that looks a bit different after the Broncos recent moves. Denver waived Melvin Gordon, and their recent trade acquisition Chase Edmonds is slated to miss time with a high right-ankle sprain. One would expect Boone to carve out a role in this backfield behind Latavius Murray, who projects to be the starter going forward. Teammates Marlon Mack and practice-squad member Devine Ozigbo also figure to handle carries. Boone becomes an interesting add for fantasy managers looking to add depth to the rosters, especially with the 27-year-old's pass-catching ability needed for a Broncos team that struggles to push the ball down the field.

Nov 22, 2022 4:36 AM EST

IR-bound after ankle injury

Denver placed Boone (ankle) on its injured reserve list Monday.

Analysis: Boone sustained an ankle injury during Sunday's loss versus the Jets, and he'll now be forced to miss at least the next four weeks as he recovers. The Broncos also signed Marlon Mack off of San Francisco's practice squad Monday, but Melvin Gordon and Latavius Murray should continue to shoulder the bulk of Denver's carries for now.

Oct 24, 2022 1:33 PM EST

Ruled out for Week 8

Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett said Boone (ankle) won't make the trip with the Broncos to London ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Jaguars, Parker Gabriel of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: In anticipation of Boone's absence due to the ankle injury he sustained in the Broncos' Week 7 loss to the Jets, Denver signed Marlon Mack off the 49ers' practice squad to restore depth at running back behind Melvin Gordon and Latavius Murray. Before exiting the contest, Boone carried four times for 23 yards across his nine snaps against the Jets. A follow-up X-ray cleared Boone of any structural damage to his ankle, but he could still miss multiple games on account of the injury.

Oct 24, 2022 12:15 PM EST

X-rays negative

Boone (ankle) underwent X-rays that came back negative after exiting Sunday's game against the Jets, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: While early reports on Boone's ankle injury are encouraging, he'll undergo an MRI on Monday to help pinpoint his diagnosis. If he's forced to miss additional time, Melvin Gordon and Latavius Murray should serve as the Broncos' top two running backs.

Oct 23, 2022 4:48 PM EST

Leaves with injury

Boone (ankle) is questionable to return Sunday against the Jets, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Boone had four carries for 23 yards before exiting with the injury. The veteran running back is currently in a true timeshare with Melvin Gordon and Latavius Murray in the Broncos' backfield. While he is sidelined, Gordon and Murray will likely split the team's offensive snaps.

Oct 23, 2022 2:33 PM EST

Limited role in loss

Boone recorded one carry for one yard and caught one of four targets for three yards in Monday's 19-16 overtime loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Boone operated as the Broncos' No. 2 running back in the contest, playing 21 of the team's 58 offensive snaps, behind Latavius Murray who played on 27 snaps. Fellow running back Melvin Gordon, however, played just nine snaps in the contest, raising questions about the backfield split going forward. Murray showed the most burst of the three on the ground, but Boone continued to be involved in the passing game. His four targets were the second-highest total of any Denver pass catcher. With that said, Boone will be difficult to trust for fantasy purposes when the Broncos host the Jets in Week 7.

Oct 18, 2022 10:28 PM EST

Turns in full practice

Boone (foot) was a full participant in Friday's practice.

Analysis: Meanwhile, Boone's main competition for reps out of the Denver backfield, Melvin Gordon (neck/ribs) remained a limited participant in practice for the second day in a row, though the Broncos haven't suggested Gordon is any danger of missing Monday's game against the Chargers. While Javonte Williams (knee) was out during last week's loss to the Colts for the first time since suffering his season-ending injury, Gordon led Denver running backs in snaps (39), touches (18) and yards from scrimmage (103), Boone wasn't too far behind him in all three categories (30, 10 and 85) and was more efficient overall. The Broncos are expected to incorporate Latavius Murray in their backfield rotation this week, but Boone played well enough against the Colts to at least maintain a complementary role.

Oct 14, 2022 2:54 PM EST

Limited practice Thursday

Boone (foot) was listed as limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: The same goes for fellow running back Melvin Gordon (neck/ribs), with the Broncos having listing 18 players on their initial Week 6 injury report. Boone and Gordon now have two more chances to up their practice participation level in advance of Monday night's game against the Chargers, but assuming both are active for the contest, Boone will be in line to continue to handle his share of complementary work behind Gordon. In his team's Week 5 loss to the Colts, Boone carried seven times for 38 yards and caught all three of his targets for 47 yards.

Oct 13, 2022 3:04 PM EST

Garners 87 total yards in loss

Boone rushed seven times for 38 yards and secured all three targets for 47 yards during the Broncos' 12-9 overtime loss to the Colts on Thursday night.

Analysis: The journeyman serves as the No. 2 running back behind Melvin Gordon as expected, and Boone turned in an ideal complementary effort that allowed him to flash his impressive pass-catching skills. The 27-year-old should enjoy a similar role moving forward in the absence of Javonte Williams (IR-knee), although the presence of Latavius Murray as an early-down complement to Gordon could cap Boone's overall opportunity in the offense.

Oct 6, 2022 10:17 PM EST

Moves up depth chart

With Javonte Williams having suffered a season-ending knee injury, Boone could see added opportunities along with Melvin Gordon in the weeks ahead, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: Given Gordon's experience as a lead back, the Broncos figure to lean more heavily on him in Williams' looming absence, but the 29-year-old has fumbled four times (in as many games) this season and he'll need to take better care of the ball in order to maintain steady volume going forward. For his part, Boone has carried just three times for 20 yards to date, but unlike Gordon, he's likely to still be available in most league's free agent pools, making him a decent speculative add while seeing how Denver's backfield situation unfolds, beginning Thursday against the Colts.

Oct 3, 2022 11:01 AM EST

Four touches Sunday

Boone carried the ball three times for 20 yards and caught one of three targets for nine yards in Sunday's 32-23 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: The running back came into the game with only one touch through three games, but Boone saw extra work late in the game after Javonte Williams left with a knee injury. Boone was also the target of a fourth-down pass from Russell Wilson late in the game as the Broncos attempted to mount a desperation comeback, but the ball clanked off his hands. Williams' injury is feared to be serious, so Boone could see a consistent role behind or alongside Melvin Gordon in Week 5 against the Colts.

Oct 2, 2022 7:08 PM EST

Catches one pass in loss

Boone caught his only target for two yards in Monday's 17-16 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: Boone failed to record a single rush in the contest operating as Denver's third-string running back. As expected, the 27-year-old took a backseat to both Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon as a rusher, and both backs saw more work in the passing game. Williams led the Broncos' in targets with 12, and Gordon was targeted twice. Boone's limited usage on offense is likely to continue as long as both Williams and Gordon remain healthy. Nonetheless, the veteran will look to build upon his performance when the Broncos host the Texans in Week 2.

Sep 14, 2022 10:08 AM EST

Impresses in preseason finale

Boone rushed five times for 44 yards and brought in both targets for seven yards in the Broncos' 23-13 preseason win over the Vikings on Saturday night.

Analysis: Boone put together a strong showing against his former team, starting the game with a flourish with carries of six and 16 yards on two of the Broncos' first three plays. The fifth-year pro appears set to reprise a clear-cut No. 3 role behind Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon again this coming season, although after averaging 5.5 yards per carry on his 75 career rush attempts, he would ostensibly serve as a quality fill-in if called upon.

Aug 27, 2022 10:03 PM EST

News powered by