Running back Willis McGahee has been placed on injured reserve, according to a tweet by Fox Sports NFL reporter Jay Glazer. McGahee tore his medial collateral ligament in the Denver Broncos' win over the San Diego Chargers last Sunday and was reported to be out for six to eight weeks on Tuesday. Now he will not be able to return until the AFC Championship game, if the Broncos were to make it to that point, according to Adam Schefter.
The 31-year-old McGahee was having another solid season as the Broncos' workhorse back. He's rushed for 731 yards and four touchdowns in his 10th season out of the University of Miami.
The Broncos aren't expected to make a big signing to replace McGahee but will opt to use a committee of running backs currently on the roster, including Lance Ball, Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman.
As solid as McGahee has been, it's Peyton Manning and the league's No. 2-ranked passing attack that has the Broncos leading the AFC West at 7-3. The Broncos' running game is 19th in the league.