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Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 11/17/2011

Broncos Willis McGahee a game-time decision against Jets

Last Sunday saw the debut of the all-out option offense for Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos.
Willis McGahee is running like it’s 2007, but will he be on the field for the Broncos Thursday night against the Jets? (Ed Zurga - AP)

And despite losing their top two running backs in the process, the Broncos managed to pile up 244 yards of rushing offense. Sure, Tebow only completed 2 of 8 passes for 69 yards, but if you’re going to go with the option to suit your offense to the skills of its leader, why not go all the way?

But replicating last week’s success on Thursday night in Mile High will no doubt be difficult against the (sometimes) vaunted New York Jets defense — especially with Knowshon Moreno out for the season and Willis McGahee likely to be a game-time decision .

McGahee, whose trade from the Ravens to the Broncos has produced a career renaissance, left Sunday’s game with a pulled hamstring and has been limited in practice this week.

If he is unable to go, former Maryland Terrapin Lance Ball will take his place in the backfield alongside Tebow. Ball rushed for a career-high 96 yards against the Chiefs.

But McGahee is one tough cookie. He missed only one game after breaking a bone in his hand in a Week 7 win at Miami and through seven games already has more carries (127) and yards (640) than he has in any one season since 2008.

McGahee also happens to enjoy playing the jets. Dating back to his early years in Buffalo, the 29-year-old has five career 100-yard games against Gang Green. So if there’s any chance he can play tonight, you have to figure he’ll be on the field.

“I think it’s going to be good,” McGahee said on Wednesday. “I’m not worried about it, so I don’t think you should worry about it.”

But for fantasy owners — you’ll want to check the updates coming from pre-game warmups to be sure.

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