Bills activate RB Willis McGahee

Updated: November 5, 2003, 6:06 PM ET

ORCHARD PARK, New York - The Buffalo Bills activated running back Willis McGahee on Wednesday, 10 months after he tore apart his knee in his team's national championship loss.

McGahee was taken off the reserve/non-football injury list, where he spent the first half of the season recovering from reconstructive surgery.

A Heisman Trophy finalist last season, McGahee suffered the injury in the University of Miami's loss to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. But it didn't stop the Bills from taking him 23rd in the draft.

McGahee was a controversial pick by the Bills, who already had Travis Henry at running back. Henry has had a solid start to the season, rushing for 551 yards and eight touchdowns for the 4-4 Bills.

Last year, McGahee was an All-American after rushing for 1,686 yards and 27 TDs as a third-year sophomore. He also was a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and Doak Walker Award.

To make room for McGahee, the Bills released third string running back Ken Simonton.

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