Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee will need surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand, according to a report from Pro Football Talk. He suffered it in the 18-15 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. As the report indicates, McGahee will miss 1-2 weeks, meaning he will likely miss games against the Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders.
Although much of the attention has been paid to Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton, McGahee has been a surprising success for the Broncos this season, leading the team with 460 rushing yards. After an anonymous performance in the opening week of the season, McGahee took over the starting running back spot from Knowshon Moreno.
This is McGahee's first season in Denver after spending the previous four with the Baltimore Ravens. After rushing for only 380 yards in 15 games last season, not much was expected of McGahee in a Broncos uniform. However, McGahee has proven to be a shrewd signing and the Broncos will hope that a combination of Moreno and Lance Ball will be enough to keep the offense afloat while McGahee recovers.