Willis McGahee Injury: Updates on Broncos RB's Ribs

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IISeptember 23, 2012

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 09:  Running back Willis McGahee #23 of the Denver Broncos rushes with the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 9, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Steelers 31-19.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee injured his ribs in the third quarter of the team’s game against the Houston Texans.

The Denver Post’s Lindsay Jones reported the following via Twitter:

Broncos say Willis McGahee has a rib injury, and is questionable to return.

— Lindsay Jones (@PostBroncos) September 23, 2012

McGahee had gained just 36 yards on 12 carries when he left the game.

UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 9:51 a.m. EST by Brandon Galvin

Fantasy owners and Broncos fans should expect Willis McGahee (ribs) to be probable heading into Week 4 as he is currently listed as day-to-day, according to The Denver Post's Lindsay Jones.

"Fox said today that running back Willis McGahee (ribs)... [is] considered “day to day.

Fox added a little clarity to McGahee’s injury, saying it involved cartilage.” 


The 30-year-old became the Broncos’ featured back after signing a three-year deal with the team prior to the 2011 season. He ran the ball 249 times for 1,199 yards and four touchdowns last season, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl.

This was his most productive year since the 2007 season when he was with the Baltimore Ravens. McGahee is in his ninth season in the NFL. He has been named to two Pro Bowls and won the Comeback Player of the Year award in 2004.

He has been the Broncos’ top rusher again this season. He was coming off a performance in which he gained 113 yards on 22 carries and scored two touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons.

He had 177 total rushing yards and was averaging 4.7 yards per carry heading into the game against Houston.

The injury puts the Broncos in a dire situation with its running game, as Knowshon Moreno was already inactive for the game. That leaves Ronnie Hillman and Lance Ball as the only two running backs left in on the depth chart.

Denver will desperately hope that McGahee and Moreno can recover from injury soon and revive its depleted corps of rushers.

Check back to this page for updates on McGahee’s rib injury going forward.