After suffering a fractured fourth metacarpal in the team’s Week 7 win against Miami, Willis McGahee is hopeful he can return to action sooner than later.
“It’s doing good, no complaints right about now,” McGahee said of his hand.
In the locker room Monday, he explained how the injury happened.
“It got caught up in the facemask of the DB when we were playing against Miami, and as you can see, I couldn’t get it out because he was behind me,” McGahee said. “When I was trying to get it out, I heard it pop, and then I just had to leave it there until it freed up on its own.”
McGahee said he got fined for the play, which drew a penalty for a facemask.
He plans to appeal the fine.
“Look, I paid the price for it,” he said. “I got an injury on my hand. I had to have surgery. I’m taking it to appeals court now, but it looked like I was really holding onto his facemask all the way down, which I really wasn’t.”
McGahee said he hasn’t held a football since the injury, and he’s taking it day-by-day to see when he will be ready to return to game action.
Head Coach John Fox said it’s still unclear whether McGahee will be back for Sunday’s rematch in Oakland.
“I thought he had a chance (to play) last week, but because of surgery — that speeds up the healing of a broken bone, because it’s artificial healing — you do have an incision, and there is risk of infection and those types of things,” he said. “We feel better about that this week, and he’ll be day-to-day.”
In the mean time, McGahee was disappointed not to have been on the field helping his teammates in Sunday’s loss.
“I missed them,” he said. “We had a rough time this game. Hopefully we can’t turn things around going against Oakland.”
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