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With starting running back Willis McGahee out with an injury, Denver’s backfield has found itself in a predicament.
Rookie Ronnie Hillman has shown flashes of speed and elusiveness but cannot pass block to save his life. Fourth-year back Lance Ball has never been more than a so-so back and Knowshon Moreno has been inactive since Week 2.
As of today, Moreno may be the team’s best option and activating Jeremiah Johnson from the practice squad is another possibility.
There is at least one more option, however, in free agent running back Tatum Bell, who would like a third chance in Denver.
“Broncos need to gone (sic) make that call [to] me [for] these last games. Let me eat,” Bell tweeted on Monday afternoon.
During his last two seasons in Denver, Bell rushed for over 2,000 yards and ten touchdowns from 2005-06 before going on to have a mediocre season in Detroit the following year. Two years after leaving Denver, Bell was brought back by Mike Shanahan mid-season and rushed for 249 yards and 3 scores in three starts. At 31, Bell still feels like he has enough gas left in the tank to contribute again.
Unfortunately for Bell, the Broncos do not sound interested in bringing in any other running backs.
“Right now, we feel really good about the guys we have,” Coach John Fox said on Monday when asked if the team would bring in any free agents. ”They’re trained in our system. It’s pretty extensive. We feel good about the people we have.”
Moving forward, Moreno, the team’s best pass blocking option at the moment, will likely be the starter with Hillman and Ball sharing carries behind him.
“We’ll see how practice goes and what our active list will look like next Sunday,” said Fox. “Next week, it’ll be more than likely Knowshon instead of Willis.”
What are your thoughts on Denver’s backfield? Should the team activate Johnson? Should they give Bell a look? Dish out your thoughts in the comments below!
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On Wednesday, the Denver Broncos placed running back Willis McGahee on injured reserve, the team announced via Twitter.
Per CBA rules, the Broncos placed McGahee on IR with a designation for return, meaning he may be able to play again this season. In six weeks from today, McGahee will be allowed to practice with the team again—he will be allowed to play again in eight weeks...
Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee exited yesterday’s
win over the San Diego Chargers in the first half with a knee injury, reports
John Clayton of ESPN.
McGahee isn't coming back. Officially ruled out because of his knee injury.
— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) November 18, 2012
Following the game coach John Fox told reporters that
McGahee had experienced...
Willis McGahee has been placed on recallable injured reserve by the AFC West-leading Denver Broncos.
The Broncos (7-3) put their 31-year-old running back on the list Wednesday, meaning he can return to practice after missing the final six regular-season games and play in a game after missing two more.
That would bring Denver up to the AFC title game.
McGahee tore the medical collateral...
Denver’s backfield was dealt a tough blow on Monday afternoon. Coach John Fox announced that starting running back Willis McGahee suffered a torn medial collateral ligament and compression fracture in his right knee against San Diego on Sunday.
“Willis McGahee did have a ligament tear,” said Fox. ”It’s non-surgical. He’s not on IR at this point. Obviously...
Time to shine Juan…
Well, the news just broke that Willis McGahee has a torn MCL and fractured lower leg and will be out anywhere between 4-8 weeks. Essentially ending his fantasy season. The Broncos will most likely use a committee with Ball and Hillman, but the upside grab is Hillman.
Ball is just a guy. Hillman has shown explosiveness in his limited time spelling McGahee...
Per a tweet from NFL Insider Jay Glazer, the Denver Broncos have placed running back Willis McGahee on season-ending injured reserve (IR):
McGahee was drafted in 2003 in the first round of the NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills, but sat out the entire 2003 season due to a knee injury in the Fiesta Bowl. When he returned in 2004, he strung together three straight 1,000 yard seasons....
RB Ronnie Hillman (Denver)
Percent owned (ESPN): 0.9%
Willis McGahee is going to be out an extended period of time and possibly the season with a broken leg and torn MCL. Ronnie Hillman and Lance Ball will split carries in his absence, but Hillman has by far the most upside of the bunch. He led the duo in carries 12 to 6 against San Diego after McGahee went down and the 3rd round...
Bad news for the Broncos this morning as an MRI on Willis Mcgahee’s injured knee revealed he sustained a Torn MCL in their win over the San Diego Chargers according to Adam Schefter and Chris Mortenson at ESPN.
McGahee left the game in the second quarter and did not return to action.
McGahee will miss the next 6-8 weeks with a torn MCL. (Jack Dempsey / AP)
McGahee was having a...
Not only does Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee have a torn MCL, he also has a fracture in his leg, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports.
On top of Willis MaGahee’s torn MCL @mortreport reported on, he also has a fracture in the leg, which adds to why he’s out 6-8 weeks
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) November 19, 2012
With McGahee out 6-8 weeks, he likely won’t be back...
According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, Broncos RB Willis McGahee has been placed on the injured/reserved list with the designated to return tag.
McGahee tore his MCL and broke his leg in the Broncos week 11 game and is currently expected to miss 6-8 weeks which would place his return sometime around the AFC Championship.
RB Ronnie Hillman has been praised by the Broncos coaching...
Top 5 Free Agents
1) Ronnie Hillman DEN RB – 59 Total Yards 0 TD
With Willis McGahee going down for at least 6 weeks, Ronnie Hillman should take over as the feature back in Denver. Should produce similar numbers to what McGahee was producing.
2) Jalen Parmele JAC RB – 83 Total yards 0 TD
Jalen Parmele pushed Rashard Jennings to the wayside and became the feature back until Maurice...
If the Broncos are to make a serious push into the postseason, they'll do so sans their top rusher.
FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports that Willis McGahee sustained a torn MCL and fractured leg during Sunday's win over the Chargers. The veteran running back will miss 6-8 weeks.
McGahee went down in the second quarter...
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