Jay Glazer is reporting that the Broncos will place running back Willis McGahee on season-ending IR today.
Although there had been reports that the 31-year-old would be able to recover from his torn MCL and leg fracture in time for the playoffs, the team has obviously given up on that possibility.
Mike Klis reports that the move has not yet been finalized, and that Denver may designate McGahee as eligible to return. Adam Schefter is reporting that the decision has been made, and that the back could be back in time for the AFC Championship game, should Denver make it that far. Lindsay Jones has gotten confirmation of that from Denver PR man Patrick Smythe.
For the most part, the Broncos have managed to avoid catastrophic injury so far this season.
So much for that.
An MRI today revealed that Willis McGahee tore the MCL in his right knee yesterday, and he is expected to miss 6-8 weeks as a result.
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A day after having survived brief injury scares to key players Peyton Manning, Von Miller, Demaryius Thomas, and Willis McGahee, the Broncos have dodged another bullet.
An MRI on the injured left shoulder of Elvis Dumervil showed no tear, and there's a possibility the defensive end will play Sunday against San Diego.
Wesley Woodyard has been named the AFC Defensive POW for Week 8 after filling the stat sheet against New Orleans.
Woodyard piled up 13 tackles, one sack, a forced fumble, an interception, and two passes defensed in Denver's 34-14 victory. He joins Tracy Porter (Week 1), Matt Prater (Week 4), and Peyton Manning (Week 6) as Broncos to have won weekly awards this season.
Filling Ihenacho's spot on the taxi unit will be former Cowboys CB Mario Butler, who has been active for one game since signing with Dallas as an undrafted rookie last year.
Elsewhere in the AFCW, QB Brady Quinn has been ruled out for Thursday night's Chiefs/Chargers game after suffering a concussion against Oakland.
The return from suspension of D.J. Williams after the Broncos' Week 10 game at Carolina has created questions about how the team will handle its LB corps going forward.
Unfortunately, a fractured fibula suffered by Joe Mays will go a long way to forcing Denver's hand there. Mays is done for the year after he was injured during a Broncos punt return last night, and is expected to be placed on IR tomorrow.
Mays had lost his starting Mike job to Keith Brooking, and had been relegated to special teams duty for the past two weeks. 2011 sixth-rounder Mike Mohamed is on the practice squad as a likely replacement for Mays, if a temporary one until Williams is reinstated.
The former Saint had suffered a seizure in August, and was held back from traveling to San Diego for Denver's last game due to a recurrence of symptoms that had preceded the earlier seizure.
Perhaps it doesn't have the ring of Peytonpalooza, or of Tebow Time, but the Brady Quinn Era will continue indefinitely in Kansas City, according to Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel.
Quinn had started in place of the injured Matt Cassel in KC's Week 6 blowout loss to Tampa Bay, and Cassel, who's in the fourth season of a six-year, $63M contract, has been cleared to play this week.
Early this afternoon, Jay Glazer reported that the San Diego Chargers were being investigated by the league for using a substance likened to Stickum during their loss to the Broncos last Monday. Per Glazer :
NFL Security has already begun investigation as SD equipment man was hiding illegal sticky substance and giving to players. Line judge saw it and had it confiscated and sent to broncos and league.
Surprise--NFL teams are trying to find any advantage they can get. The only surprise here is the Chargers so poorly hid their cheating.
This does give us the opportunity to remind everyone this whole cheating-with-Stickum thing orginated with an Oakland Raider, Lester "The Molester" Hayes.
Peyton Manning has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his Week 6 performance against the Chargers.
It's the 22nd time Manning has won the award, and the first time a Bronco has been chosen for it since Brandon Marshall in Week 13 of the 2009 season. Peyton completed 24 of 30 passes for 309 yards and three touchdowns, but threw one interception that came back for a score.