Willis McGahee has been put on the eight-week Injured Reserve list by the Denver Broncos, which means that he can return to practice after six weeks, but can’t play for eight weeks. If all goes well with rehab and McGahee heals correctly then he could return if the Broncos make it to the AFC championship game.
What will happen to the Broncos and how will they survive without McGahee going forward? It’s simple: Rookie RB Ronnie Hillman will be expected to shoulder more of the load and will be spelled by Lance Ball and Knowshon Moreno.
The Broncos won’t miss a beat with these guys and a lot weaker schedule for the remainder of the season. Hopefully they can do enough to help the Broncos get to the AFC championship when McGahee can return and help.
Hillman had 14 touches and 59 yards in the game that McGahee had to leave the field against the San Diego Chargers. Hillman is a pretty solid back who is a good fit in the offense with QB Peyton Manning. He is very quick and shifty, pass protects very well and is a threat out of the backfield in the passing game.
If the Broncos decide to pick up any running backs from free agency, they should go for a big bruising back who would be great in short yardage and goal line work. I believe the Broncos will be fine and will win the AFC West despite McGahee’s injury. The question is: Will they be able to win in the playoffs without McGahee? I think they will at least have the potential to do so.
I hope we see McGahee back this season, which means Denver will make it to the AFC championship game.
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