Friday, November 23, 2012, 6:48pm
Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 12. Hillman figures to lead the Broncos in touches, but Lance Ball and Knowshon Moreno will be in the mix. Moreno (groin, probable) took full practice reps Friday and is probable for Week 12.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 7:16pm
McGahee also has a fracture in the bone in his lower right leg. He will be on crutches for about a month, and doctors have told him not to put any weight on his leg, according to a source. McGahee will not need surgery and he believes he can come back in four to six weeks, even though the team thinks it's a six- to eight-week injury.
Ronnie Hillman and Lance Ball will share work. Knowshon Moreno could also be in the mix. A 6-8 week injury at this point brings McGahee back anytime from Week 17 to into the playoffs, so he likely won't serve you much more this season, unfortunately. All-in-all, unless someone steps up, it seems like a situation to stay away from and could end up with QB Peyton Manning throwing more passes...
Monday, November 19, 2012, 10:08am
Broncos RB Willis McGahee suffered a knee injury after he gained 8 yards with 13:33 remaining in the second quarter, a run that immediately preceded Peyton Manning’s 13-ayrd touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas. McGahee did not return and will have an MRI on Monday to determine the full extent of the injury.
“It swelled up on him,” said Broncos coach John Fox. “We’ll know more (Monday).”
McGahee’s return is questionable. He has 55 yards on seven carries, along with one catch for 18 yards.
WR Matthew Willis (non-injury), LB Keith Brooking (concussion), T Ryan Clady (hamstring), WR Demaryius Thomas (hip), Chris Gronkowski (thigh), CB Chris Harris (ankle), G Chris Kuper (forearm), CB Tony Carter (illness), RB Lance Ball (ankle)
San Diego Chargers
K Nate Kaeding (groin)
T Jared Gaither (groin), CB Shareece Wright (foot)
WR Eddie Royal (hamstring), WR Malcolm Floyd (groin)
T Jeromey Clary (foot), RB Ryan Mathews (ankle)
Sunday, September 30, 2012, 2:45pm
Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 9:54am
Fox added a little clarity to McGahee’s injury, saying it involved cartilage. Fox said Porter “re-tweaked” a bruised knee on a hard fall while covering Kevin Walter on Walter’s 52-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
Friday, September 7, 2012, 12:15pm
“The thing is, with running backs, when they start to get a little bit older, you have to manage their workload — not only in practice, but also in games,” executive vice president John Elway told over 8,000 fans on a conference call Tuesday.
McGahee will still be the Broncos’ primary back on first and second downs, but after he was dogged with knee and hamstring discomfort in November and December of 2011, they’ll be quicker to relieve him for backup options Knowshon Moreno, Lance Ball and rookie Ronnie Hillman than they were last year.
“The last thing we want to do with Willis is wear him out,” Elway said. “Obviously he does a good job on first and second down; he’s tremendous between the tackles; he still has great feet and is our big back at 240 pounds.”
That means you might see plenty of McGahee in short yardage and at the goal line.
Friday, September 7, 2012, 11:15am
When one player rises on the depth chart, another must fall. For the Broncos at running back, that meant third-round rookie Ronnie Hillman was sliding down the table when Knowshon Moreno ascended back to the No. 2 role behind Willis McGahee this week.
Lance Ball's drop from No. 2 to No. 3 was no surprise. Ball was long pegged for that role, which will entail occasional use as an outside receiver or second back flanking Manning in the shotgun, in addition to the myriad special-teams duties he will assume. As a jack-of-all-trades, Ball fits the job description of the third running back perfectly.
But with Hillman, the drop to No. 4 came in spite of leading the Broncos in rushing in the preseason -- despite playing just two games. If you're looking for a reason, look no further than everything that doesn't involve running and receiving. That Hillman has endured some ups and downs as a blocker is no surprise to offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who described pass protection as "the hardest part" of a rookie runner's work.
"Without a doubt, because you see so many different pressures and people coming from different angles and disguising things and hiding things," McCoy said. "A running back, you hand him the ball, he's going to run. But it's the protection that's a major difference, I would say."
McGahee owners who are looking for a handcuff should acquire Knowshon Moreno. It sounds as if Hillman won't see the field with any regularity until he can pass protect. That may take a while.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 10:24am
Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman has struggled with a hamstring injury that has kept him on the sideline. They want him to be the No. 2, but he has to get healthy first to show he's ready. He sits at No. 3 on the first depth chart behind Willis McGahee and Lance Ball.
McGahee is entrenched as the starter and is a sneaky pick in the middle rounds.
Monday, August 6, 2012, 11:11am
Willis McGahee has clearly been the No. 1 running back in Broncos training camp and has been getting the veteran treatment through the first two weeks of practice. He will take all of the first repetitions but cede other snaps to the younger guys behind him, such as Lance Ball, Jeremiah Johnson and Xavier Omon.
A closer look at McGahee's totals show he stayed remarkably consistent [last year]. He had three 100-yard games in four starts playing behind Kyle Orton, and he averaged 20.3 carries per game in those starts. That incarnation of the Broncos' offense featured a more traditional passing game, with wide receivers Brandon Lloyd and Eric Decker as the featured players.
Sunday, August 5, 2012, 2:08pm
The Denver Post has confirmed that Broncos RB Mario Fannin tore his Achilles’ tendon during a scrimmage on Saturday and is out for the season. Willis McGahee remains the starter in Denver, while Knowshon Moreno remains in a competition with Ronnie Hillman, Lance Ball and Jeremiah Johnson for the backup spot.
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