The Denver Broncos are having an exceptional 2012 season thus far with a 7-3 record, leading the AFC West by three games (essentially four if you include tie breakers) and competing for a bye week in the first round of the postseason; but now unfortunately the team has been struck with some bad news.
That news is that starting running back Willis McGahee has a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee and also a fracture of a bone in his lower right leg as well.
The injury doesn’t require surgery, however, McGahee will be on crutches for approximately one month and is scheduled to be sidelined for six to eight weeks even though McGahee believes he can return within four to six weeks due to the fact he is a fast healer.
The injury occurred early in the second quarter of the Broncos 30-23 victory on Sunday over the San Diego Chargers which essentially clinched the AFC West for Denver in just Week 11 of the season. McGahee was having an excellent game early on rushing for 55 yards on just seven carries along with one reception for 18 receiving yards. This season, McGahee had rushed for 731 yards and four touchdowns on 167 carries.
In McGahee’s absence the Broncos will rely on Ronnie Hillman, Lance Ball and Knowshon Moreno to fill in for the 10-year veteran and hopefully continue to give them a presence in the running game to go along with the fine passing attack that Peyton Manning and company have set in place.