Raiders Prep Begins With McGahee Back

*** UPDATED 3:31 P.M. MDT ***

Willis McGahee

McGAHEE: ... back to practice eight days after surgery. (MAXDENVER.COM FILE PHOTO)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – With a wrap on his right hand and the football in his left, Willis McGahee practiced for the first time since fracturing the fourth metacarpal bone in his right hand at Miami on Oct. 23.

McGahee’s participation was listed as “limited” on the post-practice injury report.

The Broncos’ leading rusher missed the Lions game while recovering from the surgery he underwent Oct. 25. He had a plate and screws inserted into his hand to assist in stabilization and recovery.

“He feels comfortable with (them),” Broncos coach John Fox said.

McGahee said Monday that the fear of infection from the surgical incision was the primary concern that would determine whether he played or not.

“At the end of the day, the incision is just a matter of keeping it clean and not (having) a risk of infection, so we’re further along with that as far as it healing up,” Fox said.

If McGahee is effectively limited to using just one hand, he won’t play in Oakland.

“He will definitely have to be able to use that hand, obviously, to carry the football and hold on to the football,” Fox said. “It would not be a consideration that he would play one-handed.”

ATTENDANCE REPORT: Right tackle Orlando Franklin practiced on a limited basis after suffering a groin injury in the second half Sunday …

… Safety Quinton Carter (concussion), tight end Virgil Green (neck) and cornerback Cassius Vaughn (hamstring) did not practice, although all three were present and watching from the sideline …

… Tight end Julius Thomas, who returned to action Sunday after missing four games with a high ankle sprain, was listed on the injury report, but practiced fully …

… In Oakland, running back Darren McFadden’s foot injury kept him out of practice. McFadden was joined on the sideline by linebacker Rolando McClain (ankle), kicker Sebastian Janikowski (left hamstring), cornerbacks Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring) and Chris Johnson (groin/hamstring) and quarterback Darren McFadden (collarbone). Safety Michael Huff (ankle) and center Samson Satele (knee) practiced on a limited basis.

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Andrew Mason has covered the NFL since 1999, when he worked as an editor on when the site was managed by He worked six seasons (2002-07) covering the Broncos on their official website and two (2008-09) on the Panthers' site. He began in 2010 and now contributes to, The Sporting News and The New York Times.
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