McGahee has strong showing

Updated: October 19, 2004, 1:10 PM ET
Associated Press

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Once healthy, running back Travis Henry will regain his job as the Buffalo Bills' starter, even after Willis McGahee's strong debut on Sunday.

Travis Henry
Running Back
Buffalo Bills
Profile
2004 SEASON STATISTICS
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
80 273 0 6 29 0

"Travis will be the starter and Willis will get more playing time as we go," coach Mike Mularkey said on Monday. "I think due to injury, I don't think that's any case to make a change right now. (Henry) has been productive."

Mularkey's comments come a day after McGahee made his first career start and helped the Bills (1-4) win their first game of the season, a 20-13 victory against Miami.

Henry is nursing a sprained left foot. His status for this Sunday's game at Baltimore is unclear, and will begin to be determined once the Bills return for practice on Wednesday.

Willis McGahee
Running Back
Buffalo Bills
Profile
2004 SEASON STATISTICS
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
45 181 0 5 45 0

McGahee, who missed all of his rookie season recovering from reconstructive surgery on his left knee, finished with 111 yards rushing and added 31 yards receiving. The rushing yards were the most by a Bills player in seven games, dating back to last season when Henry had 169 yards against the New York Jets on Dec. 7.

Bills players were given Monday off and were unavailable for comment.

Mularkey's announcement regarding Henry's status shouldn't come as much of a surprise to McGahee, who knew his role as starter was only temporary.

"I'm still not the starter. Travis Henry is the starter," McGahee said after the game. "He was out this week and I'm pretty sure he'll be back. And I'm looking forward to playing with him."

Henry, coming off consecutive 1,300-yard rushing seasons, is off to a comparatively slow start, with 273 yards rushing for an average of 3.4 yards per carry. He has yet to score a touchdown, after leading the Bills with 11 last season, or record a 100-yard game.

McGahee, used sparingly before the Miami game, has 181 yards rushing and is averaging 4 yards a carry.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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