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All legs on deck for Denver

With McGahee out, other backs must step up
Rookie running back Ronnie Hillman is one of a handful of backs who will need to step up in Willis McGahee’s absence. Hillman had been getting more time gradually throughout the season but could be thrust to the forefront.
A ligament injury in his knee is expected to cost Denver running back Willis McGahee six-to-eight weeks, but the Broncos don’t plan to put him on injured reserve, perhaps holding out hope he can return for the playoffs.
49ers batter and bruise Bears

SAN FRANCISCO – Colin Kaepernick passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start in place of the injured Alex Smith, and the San Francisco 49ers whipped the Chicago Bears 32-7 on Monday night in a highly touted NFC showdown that hardly lived up to the hype.

Kaepernick threw touchdown passes to Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree, and Kendall Hunter ran for a 14-yard score as San Francisco (7-2-1) jumped out to a big lead by scoring on each of its first four possessions – with Aldon Smith wreaking havoc on the other side of the ball with five sacks.



Jason Campbell, the other quarterback in this matchup of backups for two division leaders, threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall in the third quarter but was sacked five times and threw two interceptions in his first start since October 2011 for Oakland.

All legs on deck for Denver

Rookie running back Ronnie Hillman is one of a handful of backs who will need to step up in Willis McGahee’s absence. Hillman had been getting more time gradually throughout the season but could be thrust to the forefront.
A ligament injury in his knee is expected to cost Denver running back Willis McGahee six-to-eight weeks, but the Broncos don’t plan to put him on injured reserve, perhaps holding out hope he can return for the playoffs.
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