Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee tore his medial collateral ligament in his right knee after taking a tackle from San Diego Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer last Sunday. After the possibility of a knee fracture was also raised, the Denver Broncos placed Willis McGahee on injured reserve. Although, Denver Broncos coach John Fox had hinted on Monday that injured reserve list wasn’t really necessary at this stage and McGahee could still work through the injury.
However, it isn’t the end of the world for Denver Bronocs fans yet since there is a possibility of return for Willis McGahee at the end of this season.
Willis McGahee was essentially placed on the recallable injured reserve list on Wednesday. The recent move makes him eligible for practice after Willis McGhee misses the last six games of the season and then sit out another two before to play again in a game in what could become the AFC championship game.
“I tend to go from day to day to week to week. He’ll be week to week. Yeah, but I think right now, he’s a fast healer, he’s a tough, competitive guy,” Denver Broncos coach John Fox said about Willis McGahee’s status. “A lot of times your veteran guys are that way. We wouldn’t, at this point, want to prolong it that far.”
The AFC championship is a distinct possibility for the Denver Broncos, with or without running Willis McGahee there to contribute to the offense. After all, the Denver Broncos made a run for the second round of playoffs last season with Tim Tebow as their starting quarterback. With four-time MVP Peyton Manning starting at quarterback, surely the Denver Broncos can hope to go even a game further in the playoffs.
The two-time Pro Bowler Willis McGahee was having a phenomenal season, ranking as the No.5 rusher in AFC with 731 yards and four touchdowns. Willis McGahee also has 221 receiving yards so far in the season.
With Willis McGahee out for the regular season, rookie Ronnie Hillman, Lance Ball, and former first-round pick Knowshon Moreno, who hasn’t been active since Week 2 could all share minutes at the running back spot.
The Denver Broncos also held a tryout for former Texans Houston running back Steve Slaton on Tuesday but they didn’t ink a deal. Fourth-year running back Jeremiah Johnson, who averaged 5.5 yards per carry while being limited last season could also be elevated from the practice squad, but even a single additional participation as active player in a game could diminish his practice-squad eligibility.