Willis McGahee Could Return for AFC Championship Game and Other AFC West News

Christopher Hansen@ChrisHansenNFLNFL AnalystNovember 21, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 11:  Willis McGahee #23 of the Denver Broncos during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 11, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Running back Willis McGahee tore his MCL on Sunday and has a compound fracture in his knee. The Broncos don't expect him to return for 6-8 weeks. According to the team’s official Twitter account, the Broncos placed McGahee on injured reserve with the designation-to-return label that guarantees he will not be able to practice for six weeks.

McGahee would not be eligible to return until the AFC Championship game if the Broncos make it that far.

Eight weeks is an eternity in the NFL, and there’s always a chance the Broncos decide their stable of young running backs is better off carrying the load. Ronnie Hillman could make people forget about McGahee by the end of the regular season. 


Other AFC West News…



Von Miller was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week according to the Denver Post.

According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Miller provides pass rush without the Broncos needing to blitz.

The Chiefs' only chance to hang with the Broncos on Sunday is the running game, according the Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post.


Kansas City

Brady Quinn is the starting quarterback in Kansas City again according to Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star.

Peyton Manning makes Denver scary, but the defense makes them scarier for the Chiefs according to Covitz.



Featured Columnist Ray Garcia takes a look at who should stay in Oakland next season and who should go.

Featured Columnist Travis Wakeman asks and answers: Is it time to see what Terrelle Pryor can do?


San Diego

The season of injured long snappers continues as San Diego’s Mike Windt was placed on injured reserve with a broken wrist, according to Scott Bair of U-T San Diego.

Bair also has an excellent read about the bright future of rookie defensive end Kendall Reyes, who has out-shined the more heralded Melvin Ingram this season.