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Give Willis McGahee A Hand

images-2Denver RB, Willis McGahee, returned to the field in Oakland on Sunday, and powered the Broncos past the Raiders. He took some of the heat off Tim Tebow with 163 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Quite an accomplishment for a guy thought to be a back-up at best at the start of this season, and one whose best days were behind him. With his numbers this week, McGahee leads all NFL running backs in both rushing and TDs.

What makes McGahee’s accomplishments even more remarkable is that he played less than two weeks after surgery to repair a fractured fourth metacarpal in his right hand.

Perkins And The PCL

imagesBoston’s starting center Kendrick Perkins was on the bench — due to an injury sustained in the first quarter of game six — when the Lakers dropped the Celtics to claim the title on Saturday. Maybe the loss of his rebounding prowess was an overriding factor. Perkins’ teammates fell just short of bringing the 25 year-old seven-year-veteran his second championship in three years. Did I say 25 year-old seven-year-veteran? Wow! Unfortunately, instead of a trophy, as a parting gift for the 2010 season, Perkins will have to undergo ligament reconstruction surgery. Ouch… Perkins’ injury is evidently a double whammy – tears of the posterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments.

What is the Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL)?

ABC's Of The ACL & MCL

images-3The Anterior Cruciate Ligament is the primary stabilizer of the knee. It is located between (and attaches) the rear outer base of the femur (thigh bone) and the top of the front inner tibia (the larger of the two bones in the lower leg). It is called the anterior (front) cruciate because it crosses another ligament (the posterior cruciate) that is located behind it, with the two ligaments essentially forming an “X”. The role of the ACL is to prevent the top of the tibia from gliding forward. When torn, this motion is not checked and the knee becomes unstable, often buckling.

What is the MCL?