Broncos eager for McCaffrey to return

Updated: November 7, 2003, 12:43 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- After three weeks of recuperation, Denver Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey plans to test his injured leg Monday with an on-field workout.

It would be the first time since mid-October that the 13-year player has even tried to run.

McCaffrey had been suffering from soreness above his right knee for about two weeks when he felt a sharp pain during the Thursday practice before the Oct. 19 game at Minnesota.

He worked out in pregame warm-ups before that game, but didn't play. He has since missed games against Baltimore and New England while continuing to heal.

McCaffrey's availability for the Broncos' Nov. 16 home game against San Diego will depend largely on how he feels during his workout Monday, he said.

"I'm not going to go out Monday and go full-bore and re-injure myself," he said. "I'm not going to test it, meaning I'm not going to go out and see what I can do without pushing it to the extent that I re-injure myself. And I don't know how far that will be.

"What I'm hoping is, it feels good enough to play."

McCaffrey had caught eight passes for 73 yards before the injury, but his absence has been felt in the running game, where the Broncos rely on his downfield blocking. The Broncos also have struggled on third-down plays while McCaffrey and quarterback Jake Plummer (broken bone, left foot) have been out.

"We need him for that veteran ability to come up with that big third-down catch when it's the fourth quarter and we're trying to put people away," Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist said this week.

McCaffrey said he is working out two hours a day, and said his leg started to feel better this week.


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