KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 13: Willis McGahee #23 of the Denver Broncos is helped off the field after an injury during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on November 13, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Willis McGahee Injury: Broncos Hopeful RB Can Play On Thursday Night Football

Willis McGahee suffered an injury last week against the Chiefs but the Broncos are hopeful he can play on Thursday night against the Jets.

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Willis McGahee Injury: Broncos RB Expected To Play Vs. Jets

Willis McGahee left the Denver Broncos Week 10 game against the Kansas City Chiefs with an injury early in the first quarter and didn't return but is expected to be available on Thursday Night Football when the Broncos host the New York Jets.

It was previously reported that the Broncos were hopeful he would play and NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports that, barring a setback, McGahee will indeed play against the Jets.

The status of McGahee is much better than that of Knowshon Moreno, who tore his ACL last week and is out for the year. Now McGahee becomes a bigger part of the Broncos offense, which includes some of the option with Tim Tebow.

The Broncos are 4-5 and surprisingly a came out of first place. McGahee will have to be effective against New York's stout defense because Tebow's passing abilities are clearly limited and establishing any sort of offensive rhythm will come from the run, not the pass.

After starting 1-4, the Broncos are in a position where they could secure a share of first place depending on the outcome of the Raiders game this weekend. Follow the Broncos comeback over at SB Nation's Mile High Report.

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Willis McGahee Injury: Broncos Hope RB Can Play Vs. Jets

The Denver Broncos and New York Jets square off Thursday Night on the NFL Network in a game with huge playoff implications for both teams. The Broncos are a game out of first place and need every win they can get to secure a playoff spot.

They'll have to earn that spot without the help of Knowshon Moreno and may not have the services of Willis McGahee either.

Moreno has been officially ruled out for the game and for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Moreno tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee at Kansas City on Sunday. He has rushed for 179 yards on 37 carries and caught 11 passes for 101 yards and one TD this season.

Meanwhile, Willis McGahee is listed as questionable for the moment and remains limited in practice with hamstring issues. McGahee has 640 yards, 3 rushing TDs and a receiving TD on the season.

Should McGahee be unable to play, Lance Ball would make his first career start. The Broncos have also promoted Jeremiah Johnson from the practice squad. Johnson, a second-year player out of Oregon, has never had a carry in an NFL game. 

For more on the Broncos, check out Mile High Report. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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Willis McGahee, Knowshon Moreno Injury Update: Broncos RBs Banged Up

The Denver Broncos ran all over the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday afternoon, but they had to work around injuries to their top two running backs to get the victory. Willis McGahee went down with a left hamstring injury after four carries and Knowshon Moreno went down with a knee sprain in the second quarter.

According to John Fox, McGahee could have returned in an emergency, but the team decided not to get him back into the game. That would seem to indicate he'll be OK for next week, but as with most hamstring injuries, we're really going to need to see how he does in practice this week. A tight hamstring can be aggravated fairly easily, so this is something to keep an eye on Wednesday through Friday.

Knowshon Moreno left the game with a sprained knee and it sounds like the team expects Moreno to miss at least one game, and maybe more. Moreno will have an MRI Monday to determine if it's a ligament sprain or if anything is torn. A sprained knee could knock him out two to four weeks, while tears could end his season.

In the meantime, Lance Ball was the man of the hour on Sunday as he rushed 30 times for 96 yards. If McGahee can play next week, Ball would be his backup. If McGahee can't go, Ball would likely get the start.

For more on the Broncos, check out Mile High Report. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.

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