After missing last week’s game due to a hand injury, it appears as if the Broncos leading running back will return to the field this weekend against Oakland.
Willis McGahee participated fully in practice Friday, and Head Coach John Fox listed his status as probable for Sunday’s game.
“The incision has healed,” McGahee said. “That was the real reason why I didn’t play last week, because it wasn’t healed. It has healed now. I just need to take care of it, that’s all. That’s about it, make sure it’s clean.”
He said that his injury doesn’t affect the way he carries the ball and he doesn’t have any pain associated with his hand.
“I’m going to run the regular way, the way I’ve been running ever since I got here,” McGahee said.
He added that his grip hasn’t hampered him.
“It’s strong,” McGahee said. “It’s good, and it just gets better. I have two days of rest until gameday, so I’m good.”
McGahee said he’s not concerned about the Raiders targeting his injured hand. In fact, he says the way he protects his hand while carrying the ball now has actually helped him in the running game.
“If they’re targeting my hand, then they’re going to have more things to worry about than just my hand,” McGahee said. “I’m really not worried about it; I just have to protect myself. It actually helped me run a little lower.”
Whether he is in or not, McGahee hopes the Broncos can run the ball against the Raiders with the same success they’ve had recently. Over the last four games, the Broncos have averaged 165 yards per game on the ground.
“That’s always my main concern, getting the run game going, regardless of the situation — if I’m not playing or if I am playing,” McGahee said. “That’s one thing we have to go back to getting going, get those 100-yard (rushing games) going again.”
Here is are the Broncos and Raiders final injury reports with players’ game statuses.
Below are photos from Friday’s practice.