<
>

McGahee has strong showing

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 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.

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.