The lockers of the running backs who might take Willis McGahee’s spot in the Broncos lineup are conveniently lined up, four in a row.
Lance Ball. Knowshon Moreno. Jeremiah Johnson. Ronnie Hillman.
Barring an unlikely free agent signing, some combination of those four will be asked to fill in for the foreseeable future for Denver’s leading rusher, McGahee, who tore a ligament in his right knee and will be out for what’s expected to be a six-to-eight week stint.
“We’ve all got to step up and do our part,” Hillman said. “Anyone can be an option.”
Coach John Fox said McGahee’s injury, suffered in the second quarter of Denver’s 30-23 victory over San Diego on Sunday, will not require surgery and that the Broncos had no immediate plans to put the 10th-year veteran on injured reserve. Asked about reports that McGahee had also fractured his leg, Fox said, “I don’t want to get into too much of the exacts, other than he will not be on IR.”
Ravens’ Reed suspended
Baltimore’s Ed Reed, among the best safeties in NFL history, has been suspended by the league for a game for repeated headhunting.
Reed will not be allowed to practice this week, and cannot play in the Ravens’ game Sunday at San Diego.
According to the NFL, his personal-foul penalty in Sunday night’s game at Pittsburgh was the third time in the past three seasons that Reed violated the rule against hitting defenseless players in the head or neck area. He was flagged for his hit on Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
Meriweather tears ACL
Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather is out for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee, one day after his impressive season debut in a win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Meriweather went down without contact early in the third quarter of Sunday’s 31-6 victory. He had one interception, and seven tackles.