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Report: Injury issues led Broncos to cut Willis McGahee

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Willis McGahee said after he was sent packing from Denver that he’s healthy and will be good to go for some team this season. But the Broncos may not see it that way.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that concerns about McGahee’s health were the primary reason he was released by the Broncos.

It’s not clear from the report whether the Broncos believe that McGahee isn’t all the way back from the injury that cut short his 2012 season, or if they simply believe that any running back who has a history of knee injuries and who will turn 32 this year isn’t likely to make it through a full season without getting hurt. But either way, the report suggests that the Broncos aren’t as confident in McGahee’s health as McGahee is.

For Denver, a running back depth chart that includes Montee Ball, Ronnie Hillman, Knowshon Moreno and Lance Ball means it just made sense for them to move on to younger players at the position. Regardless of whether or not McGahee will stay healthy this year.

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24 Responses to “Report: Injury issues led Broncos to cut Willis McGahee”
  1. hedleykow says: Jun 16, 2013 5:08 PM

    You can’t blame players for using whatever leverage they have to squeeze every penny out while they can, because Corporate America will eat you alive if you are foolish enough to believe loyalty is a two way street.

  2. nunezmc says: Jun 16, 2013 5:15 PM

    Good back, and he had some quality seasons in Denver, but he also had some bad crunch-time fumbles that people would overlook. Well miss him, but I think Montee Ball will prove better in the long run

  3. jjbadd385 says: Jun 16, 2013 5:18 PM

    In that case they shoulda sent knowsho with him…that would leave us with a set of Ball’s and Hillman….

  4. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Jun 16, 2013 5:25 PM

    What you talkin about Willis? Monte Ball’s
    the new Broncos back. Thank you for your
    service.

  5. skoobyfl says: Jun 16, 2013 5:33 PM

    Peanuts compared with his knee injury out of college.

  6. norsedrew says: Jun 16, 2013 5:40 PM

    released after not showing up for voluntary workouts. Of course the team is going to say injury related. Covers their backside.

  7. bigboysmash says: Jun 16, 2013 5:46 PM

    Montee ball is the perfect rb for that team. They dont need a bell cow but all they need is a guy to get tough yards and convert a few 3rd downs. Which he is good at. He also has a knack for scoring td’s which is great.

  8. cmoney20 says: Jun 16, 2013 5:50 PM

    Willis Mcgahee or Dub-ya as his friends call him I think can still play. I bet the colts are kicking themselves that they signed Bradshaw and now this stud is available. I don’t expect dub-ya to be unemployed for long.

  9. leggett17 says: Jun 16, 2013 6:22 PM

    Good riddance.

  10. redeemerac says: Jun 16, 2013 6:33 PM

    The fact that he’s played for over 10 years is still astonishing to me, after the catastrophic knee injury in the National Championship game, I never thought he’d play again, and if he did, he be out of the league in a couple of years.

    Give him props, he never quit and has given hope to a younger generation like Marcus Lattimore.

  11. maximusprime107 says: Jun 16, 2013 6:38 PM

    If it was really injury related then Knowshon should have gotten the boot since he’s always injured

  12. andyr2120 says: Jun 16, 2013 7:03 PM

    Sounds like a nice guy for the Raiders to sign. Keep him rested so he can play Denver twice this year… also, be able to start when DMC is out for a few games. He already has his money.

  13. leanback360 says: Jun 16, 2013 7:03 PM

    He’ll find a job, the good one’s always do

  14. drohanimal says: Jun 16, 2013 7:05 PM

    Bronco’s have some Balls releasing Willis

  15. gbditka says: Jun 16, 2013 8:06 PM

    If I’m not mistaken, releasing McGahee didn’t put any “dead” money against the Broncos salary cap as his salary was contingent on making the roster.

    Releasing Knowshon either now or later would count 2.3 million against the cap so guessing the front office wants to see him in Training Camp before “biting the bullet” and taking the cap hit.

  16. iceburgskin202 says: Jun 16, 2013 8:23 PM

    I wish him the best of luck I remember watching that championship game and hoping that he could keep his limb it’s amazing what he and frank gore have accomplished on bad wheels!!

  17. wwwmattcom says: Jun 16, 2013 8:34 PM

    Give props to Buffalo for drafting him and cashing (drafting) in.

  18. raiderinva says: Jun 16, 2013 9:42 PM

    The Broncos are looking to expand upon last years playbook. Say what you will about Peyton Manning, but he demands the best of himself, the coaches, and his own teammates.

    Willis McGahee was never one to block very well and was never known for being able to pick up the blitz.

    Montee Ball will fill McGahee’s shoes and is a better outlet receiver for the safety valve. Ball will also be blocking the blitz effectively by week 6.

  19. jtacane says: Jun 16, 2013 11:03 PM

    you say good riddance. you must be high.

  20. newyorkfootballjets says: Jun 17, 2013 12:40 AM

    Bradshaw any day over mcgahee

  21. geetee52 says: Jun 17, 2013 1:32 AM

    When Payton is on his back gasping for air after a blind side hit, the Broncos are going to be asking themselves why they didn’t keep Willis.

    There’s not one back on Denver’s depth chart that can pass block as well as McGahee.

  22. joetoronto says: Jun 17, 2013 4:21 AM

    They didn’t mean to cut him, horseface fell over the fax machine again.

    Hee haw!

  23. greenmeattruck says: Jun 17, 2013 6:53 AM

    If that’s the case, how come “no-show” Moreno is still a Bronco?

  24. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 17, 2013 11:10 AM

    There a class act, lil Johny Elway, Peyton and the Broncos, a real class organization!!! In fact, the players Union has done a magnificent job of letting this billion dollar industry treat the players (employees) so well, class act kudos all around, what a great country the rich, er I uhhh mean, we live in!!

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