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Willis McGahee heads to IR

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The Broncos will play the rest of the regular season without running back Willis McGahee.

McGahee, who suffered a knee injury on Sunday, is being placed on injured reserve, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports. McGahee suffered both a torn MCL and a fracture in his leg.

That means Ronnie Hillman, Lance Ball and Knowshon Moreno will split the running back duties for the rest of the year.

For Denver’s offense, the loss of McGahee is significant: He was averaging 4.4 yards a carry and had 731 yards this season, while Hillman, Ball and Moreno are all averaging less than four yards a carry and have totaled just 297 yards. McGahee is also a better receiver out of the backfield than any of the younger runners and the most reliable of the Broncos’ running backs in pass protection, so Denver will need one of those younger runners to step up his game, and do it quickly.

UPDATE 12:36 p.m. ET: McGahee has been placed on injured reserve with the return designation, meaning he could play in the AFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl.

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11 Responses to “Willis McGahee heads to IR”
  1. joetoronto says: Nov 21, 2012 11:49 AM

    On deck, Peyton Manning. :)

  2. tonyugoh says: Nov 21, 2012 11:53 AM

    I wouldn’t make too much of it, they’ve had high expectations for Ronnie Hillman and Manning made a Super Bowl with a virtually non-existent running game in 2009. As long as they have Peyton and his arsenal of receivers he’ll be fine.

  3. rj2323 says: Nov 21, 2012 11:55 AM

    Big blow get well soon McGhee

  4. kingmj4891 says: Nov 21, 2012 11:56 AM

    Whoe cares when you have Peyton Manning as your QB?

    Next man up!

  5. jrosenbaum says: Nov 21, 2012 12:00 PM

    Hopefully this isn’t the end for McGahee, but he had a pretty solid career for a guy who suffered such a terrible injury in college. Also, from all accounts he was a very good teammate who worked very hard. Get well soon, Vulture!

  6. wayne1693 says: Nov 21, 2012 12:02 PM

    This is a sad loss for the entire NFL. WM has been a true warrior, and the epitome of grit and courage ever since he seriously hurt his knee in his last college game.

  7. thelongestgoodbye says: Nov 21, 2012 12:05 PM

    Hate to see this, I still have my Ravens McGahee jersey around and always liked him…

  8. siknutty says: Nov 21, 2012 12:11 PM

    Moreno is a better receiver out of the backfield. Him being in the lineup will help our passing game.

  9. stevepea says: Nov 21, 2012 12:30 PM

    Their turnover rate should go down dramatically

  10. richwizl says: Nov 21, 2012 12:30 PM

    It’s a tough game, he’s a really good RB; bad break for the Broncos. Still, they have some depth and the “next man” may surprize us.

  11. monsterofyourgirlsmidway says: Nov 21, 2012 1:14 PM

    Damn man get better Willis.. its unfortunate how the injury bug keeps buzzing around the same players. he’s a great player, hope to see him back in pads next season.

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