With all the pomp and circumstance – or certain lack thereof – that comes with having a playoff bye, the Denver Broncos resumed practice Tuesday ahead of Saturday’s divisional round game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Even though he cannot play this weekend, running back Willis McGahee was eligible to return to practice. It was McGahee’s first action on the field since Nov. 18 when he suffered a torn right MCL and compression fracture to his right tibia against the San Diego Chargers. The Broncos put McGahee on injured reserve with the designated for return label. If the Broncos win Saturday, McGahee will have been out the mandated eight weeks and could suit up for the AFC championship game on Jan. 20.
Denver Broncos RB Willis McGahee returned to practice Tuesday, but cannot play in Saturday’s game. (courtesy Jeffrey Beall)
McGahee’s replacement, Knowshon Moreno, has averaged 85.0 rushing yards a game.
Guard Chris Kuper (ankle) and wide receiver Trindon Holliday (ankle) participated in practice. Each missed the Broncos’ regular-season finale. Left tackle Ryan Clady, who was limited in practice last week with an undisclosed injury, was on the field today.
The only Broncos player not participating in Tuesday’s practice was cornerback Tracy Porter, who suffered a concussion on Dec. 23.
Other practice notes: The Broncos were in pads … McGahee practiced in a black jersey, indicating he isn’t yet ready for contact … Peyton Manning sported two gloves in anticipation of Saturday’s weather … The Broncos are required to release an injury report after Wednesday’s practice.
More Honors for Manning
Peyton Manning has been named the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame professional Athlete of the Year. Olympic swimmer – and Denver Broncos fan – Missy Franklin was named the amateur Athlete of the Year.
Just Monday, Manning was nominated for the FedEx Player of the Year. Last week, Manning was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for December.
The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame will honor Manning and Franklin in April.
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