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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
McGahee gets back to practice

By Bill Williamson

Denver running back Willis McGahee returned to practice Tuesday for the first time since suffering a knee injury Nov. 18 against San Diego. He is eligible to play in the AFC Championship Game if Denver beats Baltimore on Sunday.

The decision on whether he does play will likely not be made until late next week. If Denver doesn’t think he is ready to play on Jan. 20, the Broncos can wait, then activate McGahee for the Super Bowl if they qualify.

“He’s worked very hard,” Denver coach John Fox said of McGahee. “Greek (head athletic trainer Steve Antonopulos), our trainer, his staff and Willis have worked very hard to get him back. He had a good first day.”

In other AFC West news:

On the general-manager front, CBS Sports reports that Green Bay executive John Dorsey interviewed for the open job in Kansas City. This is no shock -- Dorsey has been considered the favorite to be Andy Reid’s right-hand man.

CBS Sports also reports that the Chargers are expected to hire their general manager Wednesday. In-house candidate Jimmy Raye and Colts executive Tom Telesco are considered favorites. Once they settle on a GM, the Chargers will focus solely on a new coach.

The Broncos named guard Chris Kuper their winner of the Ed Block Courage award. Kuper has dealt with injuries since training camp.

ESPN columnist Jeffri Chadiha wonders when Peyton Manning will be ready to hang ‘em up. My opinion? I see at least two more years. He fought all the way back from a neck surgery that could have ended his career. He had a career year at age 36. Why consider quitting now?

Atlanta executive David Caldwell has become Jacksonville’s general manager. That leaves an opening that could potentially fit Scott Pioli, whom the Chiefs let go from that position last Friday. Pioli has strong ties to the Falcons. If he wants to work next season, this could be his opportunity.