ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - The season maybe over for Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee.
The Broncos said the team is putting McGahee on injured reserve Wednesday, with the designation for return. This means that he can practice after six weeks (Jan. 2) and play in a game after eight weeks (Jan. 16). That would be the AFC Championship game if the Broncos advance that far into the playoffs.
McGahee, 31, tore his MCL and suffered a compressed fracture in his right leg during the second quarter of Denver's 30-23 win over the Chargers last Sunday.
McGahee was originally expected to be out 6-8 weeks with the injury.
The loss of McGahee comes as a blow to the Broncos offense. The tenth-year running back rushed for 731 yards with four touchdowns before the season-ending injury.
The Broncos will rely on rookie running back Ronnie Hilman, veteran Lance Ball and former first-round pick Knowshon Moreno to replace McGahee. Moreno was inactive for the last eight games.
Broncos also tried out former Houston Texans running back Steve Slaton on Tuesday, according to the Denver Post.
The Broncos are 7-3 as they hit the road to face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Former Broncos quarterback Brady Quinn will start Sunday for the Kansas City Chiefs.