Willis McGahee will have to do more than raise his injured right hand to be in the Broncos' lineup Sunday against the Raiders in Oakland. Coach John Fox said McGahee, Denver's leading rusher, must be able to protect himself and the ball with his hand.
McGahee took part on a limited basis in the Broncos' practice Wednesday. The veteran running back wore a glove on his right hand with some wrapping around two fingers.
McGahee broke a bone in his hand against the Dolphins on Oct. 23 and had surgery just nine days ago.
"He'll definitely have to be able to use that hand to carry the football and run with the football," Fox said. "It would not be a consideration, playing one-handed. He's got a plate and screws in there."
McGahee is practicing, but Fox wants to see him successfully use the right hand to carry the football and stiff-arm tacklers before he's going to let him play in Week 9. If he can't go, Knowshon Moreno and Lance Ball would benefit from the extra touches and a good matchup against a suspect Raiders rush defense.