Notes: McGahee Ready; Carter Practices

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – After completing his first full practice since hand surgery 10 days ago, running back Willis McGahee was listed as probable on the Broncos’ injury report and appears ready to play against Oakland.

“The (surgical) incision has healed. That was the real reason why I didn’t play last week,” he said Friday. “I just need to take care of it and make sure it’s clean, that’s about it.”

McGahee handled the football with both his right and left hands Friday, and is no longer concerned about his ability to carry the football in his dominant hand, which will be wrapped as a precautionary measure.

“I’m going to run the regular way, the way I’ve been running since I got here,” McGahee said. “othing’s going to change. Nothing’s new.”

“It’s not like it was a knee or an ankle. It was a fracture (to the hand). I got it corrected. No more pain,” McGahee said. “I just need to take care of it.”

WHILE McGAHEE PRACTICED, Oakland running back Darren McFadden did not, sitting out for a third consecutive day as he recovers from a foot injury suffered 12 days ago in a 28-0 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Quinton Carter

CARTER: ... practiced Friday.

Linebacker Rolando McClain returned to practice after missing the previous two days of on-field work with an ankle injury. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski reportedly wore a helmet during the portion of practice that was open to the media, but he did not kick Wednesday or Thursday.

SAFETY QUINTON CARTER returned to practice on a limited basis Friday after suffering a concussion five days ago; he is questionable for Sunday.

RULED OUT for Sunday are tight end Virgil Green and cornerback Cassius Vaughn, who suffered neck and hamstring injuries, respectively, against the Lions.

Right tackle Orlando Franklin and tight end Julius Thomas both had a full practice Friday and are probable for the Raiders.

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About Andrew Mason

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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