Willis McGahee attracted a crowd on Tuesday. (David Zalubowski / AP)

Willis McGahee chose not to participate in the Denver Broncos’ organized team activities this spring and now the Broncos have chosen to go ahead this season without him.

With three other running backs on the roster, the Broncos cut McGahee this morning. That means Montee Ball, a second-round draft pick, will compete with Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman for playing time.

Skipping OTAs is nothing new for McGahee, but his release was something of a surprise because he reported earlier than expected for minicamp, which is mandatory. OTAs are — wink, wink — not mandatory.

“I’m always on the bubble,” McGahee said after his first practice. “Not too much you can do. It’s a business. If something happens, it happens.”

And so it did.

McGahee, 31, rushed for 1,199 yards in 2011 and had rushed for 731 yards on 167 carries last season before tearing his medial collateral ligament Nov. 18.

“It’s a conscious decision for us to get younger,” Coach John Fox said.

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