Bulluck's hit takes out Henry

Updated: August 22, 2004, 1:59 AM ET
Associated Press

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Bills running back Travis Henry bruised his ribs in Saturday night's preseason game against Tennessee.

Travis Henry
Running Back
Buffalo Bills
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2003 SEASON STATISTICS
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
331 1356 10 28 158 1

Henry was still feeling sore after Buffalo's 16-15 loss, and said he isn't sure whether he'll practice when the team resumes training camp on Monday.

"It's not good, but it couldn't have happened at a better time considering it's still the preseason," Henry said.

Henry was hurt 10 minutes into the second quarter as he was preparing to catch a pass. He took a hard hit and was knocked over by Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck. In breaking up the play at the Titans 20, Bulluck hit Henry high under his left arm, sending him tumbling.

Henry lay on the field for a few minutes before being helped up by a Bills trainer. Henry slowly walked off and was escorted to a cart on the sideline and was then driven to the locker room.

X-rays were negative, and Henry said he was hurt when he hit the ground.

He said the pain is in the same spot as where he tore rib cartilage in the third week of last season. Henry missed only one game, electing to play through the pain.

"It's not nearly as bad," Henry said. "I'm breathing a lot better and moving around a lot better. It's a little sore ... but I think it's going to be OK."

Henry was having a strong game, with seven carries for 27 yards and a 3-yard reception.

Drew Bledsoe took the blame for putting Henry in an awkward position, by forcing the pass into him after Bledsoe was pressured out of the pocket.

"I probably should've given him the ball a little sooner. Either that, or taking it and running myself," Bledsoe said.

Backup Willis McGahee took over, finishing with 11 carries for 28 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown.

The injury comes at a time when there is plenty of attention on the Bills' running backs. The Associated Press, citing a source close to McGahee, reported Friday that the player has asked to be traded if he is not the starter on opening day.

Bills president Tom Donahoe denied the report in an impromptu news conference in the press box just before game time.

Henry is a three-year starter for the Bills. He is coming off his second straight season of 1,300 yards rushing. McGahee, selected 23rd overall in the 2003 draft, is enjoying a strong training camp after missing all of last season recovering from reconstructive surgery on his left knee.

Henry hasn't been entirely happy either. He's said he doesn't want to be the backup, adding that he expects one of them to be traded after the end of the season.

"I've pretty much said what I've had to say about the whole situation," Henry said. "You all will have to ask Willis about that."


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