Last Sunday, Denver Broncos (7-3) running back Willis McGahee tore his right MCL. This came from a tackle by San Diego Chargers (4-6) cornerback Quentin Jammer. Fortunately for the player, he will not need to have surgery.
But on Wednesday, the Broncos placed McGahee on recallable injured reserve list. This will enable him to return to practice after he misses the last six regular-season games and then take the field for a game after sitting out two additional ones, reported ESPN.
This should place his return for the AFC title game.
Coach John Fox said of his player, “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. A lot of times your veteran guys are that way. We wouldn’t, at this point, want to prolong it that far.”
McGahee was having a good season. His 731 yards to-date, ranks him as the No. 5 rusher in the AFC. He also has 221 receiving yards.
During his absence, rookie Ronnie Hillman, Lance Ball and Knowshon Moreno, who’s hasn’t played since Week 2, will step up.
In other running back news, Buffalo Bills (4-6) C.J. Spiller will start in this week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts (6-4).
What does this mean for fellow back Fred Jackson? Coach Chan Gailey said via NFL.com, “C.J. will start, but we’re still going to play Fred. It takes two. It does. So Fred will get quite a few snaps, but C.J. will start and get the majority of the snaps.”
Jackson was out last week with a concussion and has just received clearance to practice.
But Spiller’s start most likely comes from his good play this season.
Last week against the Miami Dolphins, the player had a career-high 25 touches (22 carries with three receptions) for a total of 130 total yards.
To-date, Spiller has 109 carries for 723 yards and four touchdowns. This compares to Jackson’s numbers of 25 carries for 298 yards and three touchdowns.
The two running backs have been sharing reps with them rotating them back and forth over two series. This averaged 17 touches each game for Jackson, while Spiller came in at 14.5.
While Spiller’s start may come from a precaution for Jackson, it is likely a reward for his good production.