Broncos place RB McGahee on I.R. with designation to return

Posted Nov. 21, 2012 @ 1:19 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated 1:19 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 21

The Broncos placed RB Willis McGahee on injured reserve with a designation to return. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer first reported that McGahee would miss the rest of the regular season. 

McGahee tore his MCL and also suffered a fracture in his leg in last Sunday’s win over the Chargers. He had seven carries for 55 yards and an 18-yard reception prior to the injury.

The team confirmed McGahee would go on the short-term injured reserve list, which means he can return to practice in six weeks and to play in eight weeks. That allows McGahee to play in the AFC championship game, should the Broncos advance that far.

The 31-year-old had 167 carries for 731 yards and four touchdowns this season, to go along with 26 catches for 221 yards. He also had lost a career-high four fumbles.

Rookie Ronnie Hillman and veteran Lance Ball will carry the load in the Broncos’ backfield the rest of the way. Knowshon Moreno has been inactive most of the season, but he could also play a role.