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Ravens' McGahee Says He Will Play In Season Opener

Willis McGahee is recuperating from arthroscopic surgery on his knee.
Willis McGahee is recuperating from arthroscopic surgery on his knee. (By Greg Fiume -- Getty Images)
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Friday, August 22, 2008

Baltimore Ravens running back Willis McGahee is currently limited to running in a swimming pool as he recuperates from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, but he expects to be running with the football when the season starts.

Although he's off crutches, McGahee isn't able to jog yet. He's targeting the Ravens' season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 7 for his return.

"I will be ready, but I don't know about playing in the preseason," McGahee said. "We will have to wait and see. It's always making progress. Every day I come out here, it's getting better."

Because he can't run and the clock is ticking down to the opener, McGahee is making the most of his aquatic workouts.

"I know it ain't exactly running, but running in the pool is great conditioning," McGahee said. "Just ask Michael Phelps."

McGahee underwent surgery during training camp, having the procedure in Coral Gables, Fla., at the same hospital where doctors surgically repaired a devastating injury to his left knee that occurred during the Fiesta Bowl in January 2003.

Ravens Coach John Harbaugh acknowledged that there's a chance that McGahee may miss the entire preseason.

McGahee is in no apparent danger of losing his job to rookie second-round pick Ray Rice, who rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown in a 23-15 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Harbaugh reiterated that McGahee remains entrenched as the starter.

-- From News Services

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