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.
UPDATE: According to the Broncos, McGahee isn't heading to the IR: “Right now we’re not making a roster change as far as IR,” Fox said when asked whether McGahee could head to injured reserve with a designation to return. “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.”
This timeframe, if accurate, would leave an outside chance that McGahee could return if the Broncos are able to make a deep playoff run, which leads us to believe the team would place the 31-year-old back on IR but designate him as eligible for return.
According to some reports, McGahee also has a fracture in his lower leg, while Adam Schefter is reporting the injury will not require surgery, and that the tenth-year back could return as soon as four weeks from now.
McGahee's absence will presumably prompt the Broncos to dress Knowshon Moreno, who has been inactive since his Week 2 fumble at Atlanta on MNF (which should have been ruled as a Denver recovery).
Denver also has Jeremiah Johnson on its practice squad, and will reportedly work out former Texans/Dolphins RB Steve Slaton tomorrow, among others.