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McGahee probable

Posted by Chris Brown on December 23, 2011 – 1:58 pm

Willis McGahee is expected to play Saturday for the Broncos against the Bills.

McGahee practiced fully for a third straight day coming off a minor hamstring injury. He was listed as probable.

Veteran S Brian Dawkins was again limited with a neck injury, and is listed as questionable for Saturday.


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McGahee likes facing Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on December 23, 2011 – 9:06 am

Willis McGahee wasn’t a big fan of Buffalo as a city and often flew home on Monday nights after meetings to spend his off day in his native Miami before flying back for the work week. As a result he alienated himself from the fan base and though he never said it publicly made it clear to management that he wanted out. It eventually precipitated a trade in which McGahee was sent to Baltimore for a pair of 3rd round picks and a seventh.

Those picks for Buffalo wound up being Trent Edwards and C.J. Ah You in 2008 and the third-round in 2009 was used in a trade with Jacksonville to acquire Marcus Stroud. Ironically, Jacksonville traded the pick back to Baltimore with the Ravens using it to draft LB Tavares Gooden.

McGahee gave the Ravens just one season of better than 1,000 yards rushing, with a 1,200-yard campaign in 2007. He was eventually supplanted as the starter by Ray Rice. Set to be paid $6M by the Ravens in 2011 he was released and signed with Denver where he was to be the backup for Knowshon Moreno, but with Moreno gone for the season with an injury, McGahee found new life in John Fox’s run-first offense.

Now 10 yards away from his first 1,000-yard rushing season since that ’07 year in Baltimore, McGahee could become just the second back in NFL history to rush for 1,000-yards for three different NFL clubs, joining Ricky Watters.

When asked by the Denver Post this week about his time in Buffalo, McGahee was brief but fair.

“Got drafted there,” he said. “It was a good time in my life. I was happy.”
 
McGahee has faced the Bills twice since departing and has fared well. The only time he faced them at Ralph Wilson Stadium, was the first season after the trade. The Bills won the game 19-14, but McGahee did manage to roll up 114 yards on 19 carries with a touchdown while averaging 6 yards per carry.
 
His most recent effort came last season in the 37-34 overtime barn burner at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. McGahee working as a backup to Rice had 64 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries (5.8 avg.). All told McGahee has averaged 5.9 yards per carry against the Bills.

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McGahee practices fully

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2011 – 2:29 pm

Though the Denver Post was reporting injury status on Broncos players Thursday, the club’s injury report doesn’t have such designations yet. Here’s the latest from the Broncos including a promising report on McGahee’s availability for Saturday’s game.

Limited in practice
S David Bruton (achilles)
S Brian Dawkins (neck)

Full practice
RB Willis McGahee (hamstring)
DT Brodrick Bunkley (knee)
TE Daniel Fells (thumb)
LB Von Miller (thumb)


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Broncos snowed in for practice

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2011 – 2:17 pm

The Denver Broncos are unlikely to see any snow during their time in Buffalo with temps expected in the mid 30’s to low 40’s this weekend. But an overnight snowstorm in Denver forced the team indoors for Thursday’s practice.

That according to the Denver Post, which is reporting that the team was forced to practice in their indoor facility, which is just half the size of a regular field. Willis McGahee reportedly practiced again on a limited basis.

Per the Post’s report, this is the first time the Broncos have ever had to conduct a full practice on the indoor field, which is typically avoided because of the size limitations of the facility.

Despite the 10 inches of snow that fell in the Denver area overnight, the team is still scheduled to depart on time this afternoon for Buffalo. The Broncos typically leave a day earlier than normal for games in the eastern time zone.


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McGahee full go for Broncos

Posted by Chris Brown on December 21, 2011 – 3:27 pm

Denver RB Willis McGahee, who suffered a minor hamstring strain in last Sunday’s game against New England, is looking good for his return to Buffalo Saturday.

According to the Denver Post McGahee practiced fully Wednesday after being limited on Tuesday.

PostBroncos McGahee + Bunkley were full participation today for #Broncos. Dawkins + Goodman limited.
 
McGahee is just 10 rushing yards shy of a 1,000-yard season.

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McGahee practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on December 20, 2011 – 2:35 pm

Willis McGahee left last Sunday’s game with a reported hamstring injury, but according to reports is practicing today in Denver with his teammates.

The Denver Post’s Lindsay Jones reported as much on her twitter account.

@PostBroncos Dawkins, McGahee are practicing today #Broncos

She’s also reporting that Brian Dawkins is practicing. Dawkins missed last week’s game with a neck injury.


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McGahee on the outs in Baltimore?

Posted by Chris Brown on June 10, 2009 – 2:01 pm

The Baltimore Sun is just speculating, but they openly believe if the Ravens could they would dump Willis McGahee and his fat $40 million dollar contract sooner rather than later.

The paper calls McGahee one of the franchise’s worst ever trade acquisitions. The Sun also calls into question McGahee’s offseason work habits.


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UCONN CB Butler is McGahee’s cousin

Posted by Chris Brown on March 27, 2009 – 7:45 pm

UCONN CB Darius Butler, who is making a case to be a late first round pick after a 4.38 at his pro day, is Willis McGahee’s cousin. When we talked to him at the combine, Butler spoke about his relationship with the former Bills back.

“I would say once a week I talk to him,” said Butler. “I talked to him during the season. The conversation usually focuses on what I’m doing. He tells me to stay focused.”

Barely recruited out of high school, since his charter school didn’t have a football program until he was a junior, Butler had to go play at UCONN as he was not recruited by any of the Florida schools. After his pro day he’s considered a late first round pick.

He claimed at the combine that he felt Miami and Baltimore were expressing the most interest in him. However, he might just be saying that since playing pro ball in his backyard would be “a dream” as he put it and playing in Baltimore would put him on the same team as his cousin McGahee. They share the same agent in Rosenhaus. Miami is in the right range for him with the 25th pick.

And McGahee is not his only relative that played in the NFL. Gene Atkins who played for the  Dolphins and Saints in the 80’s and 90’s is his uncle.


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McGahee fine after hit

Posted by Chris Brown on January 20, 2009 – 12:05 pm

Looks like the hit Willis McGahee took only knocked him out. In an interview with the Baltimore Sun, McGahee doesn’t use the word concussion at all, but admits he did black out after the hit.

He also talked about how knee surgery during training camp kept him from achieving some of his personal goals this season. He’s also unsure if he’ll be back with the Ravens next season, though he said that would be a team decision not his.


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