The big news of the day is that Broncos’ RB Willis McGahee returned to practice. He practiced with a wrapped hand, being eight days removed from surgery to repair his fourth metacarpal.
McGahee was limited during practice and reportedly only carried the ball with his left hand. If he’s not able to use both hands, he will not play against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
“He definitely would have to be able to use that hand to obviously carry the football and hold on to the football,” John Fox said of McGahee’s status for Sunday.
At this point, the incision is nearly healed and the risk for infection is low, so it’s all about his pain tolerance. McGahee has a plate and screws in his hand.
McGahee is averaging 76.7 yards per game which is good enough for 11th among backs.
The Broncos aren’t the only team that has had their starting back down and out.
Darren McFadden’s status for Sunday’s game is uncertain as well. He did not participate in Wednesday’s practice and has not played a down of football since the first offensive series in week 7. McFadden is nursing a foot sprain and it’s reportedly more and more likely that the Raiders will sit him so that he’s 100% when they take on the Chargers in week 10.
The last time McFadden played against the Broncos, he racked up 150 yards on 22 carries. He’s averaging 87.7 yards per game which is good enough for 9th among backs.
Whether or not McFadden plays, the Broncos will stick to their game plan.
“They’re going to run the same runs,” Fox said of the Raiders. “He’s (McFadden) a very talented, gifted back, and we’ll keep our eye on that (his game status) very closely.
If McGahee and McFadden end up sitting this one out, we could have ourselves a very Mc-Chaotic day in the air. The Raiders and the Broncos don’t exactly have an Aaron Rodgers or a Tom Brady under center.