McGahee is eligible to return to practice next week after missing the final six regular-season games but won't be available to play again unless the Broncos (12-3) reach the AFC championship.
"All indications are it's on schedule and he's getting better every day," Fox said of McGahee's rehab. "He won't be ready here anytime real soon but we'll evaluate that as we get going and finish up the regular season."
MANNING FOR MVP? Peyton Manning, the only four-time MVP in NFL history, is in the conversation for a fifth MVP award this season. Consider: His stats this year are better than the average stats he put up during his four MVP seasons: 2003, '04, '08 and '09.
He averaged 370 completions in 547 passes (67.8) percent for 4,332 yards, 35 TDs and 12 interceptions with a 103.2 QB rating in his MVP years with the Indianapolis Colts.
This season, he's completed 337 of 554 passes (68.1 percent) for 4,355 yards, 34 TDs and 11 interceptions with a 103.7 QB rating.
"I think what separates Peyton in any kind of voting is he's had an exceptional year with a new team, new city and at arguably the most difficult job in pro sports, the quarterback position," coach John Fox said. "It's unheard of, it's unprecedented. Nobody's ever done it."
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