Mularkey was noncommittal following Sunday's game

Updated: October 27, 2004, 12:48 AM ET
Associated Press

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Bills running back Willis McGahee told a national radio network on Tuesday that he expects to get the second start of his career when Buffalo hosts Arizona this weekend.

Willis McGahee
Running Back
Buffalo Bills
Profile
2004 SEASON STATISTICS
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
61 239 0 6 46 0

Without providing details as to what he's been informed by the team, McGahee made the announcement on James Brown Sporting News Radio.

"Yes, I will be starting this game," McGahee said in a tape of the show replayed by the network for The Associated Press. "Like I say, when the opportunity comes, I'm just going to take advantage of it."

The Bills were unavailable for comment. Coach Mike Mularkey is expected to update any lineup changes during his weekly news conference on Wednesday.

The Bills (1-5), who host Arizona (2-4) on Sunday, have been undone by a sputtering offense that's yet to score 21 points in a game this season, and has yet to generate a touchdown rushing.

McGahee, Buffalo's 2003 first-round draft pick, would be starting ahead of fourth-year veteran Travis Henry, who struggled in Buffalo's 20-6 loss at Baltimore last weekend. McGahee finished with 16 carries for 58 yards, while Henry had seven carries for 27 yards.

Travis Henry
Running Back
Buffalo Bills
Profile
2004 SEASON STATISTICS
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
87 300 0 8 35 0

Mularkey was noncommittal following the game about which player he considered his starter. But the coach did credit McGahee for his performance in saying: "We needed a spark because we weren't getting it done, and Will came in there and did a nice job."

Henry had missed the previous week's game, Buffalo's 20-13 win over Miami, because of a sprained left foot. McGahee, in his first career start, helped spark the victory over the Dolphins with 111 yards rushing, the first 100-yard game by a Bills player this season.

McGahee wasn't available for comment, and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, could not be reached because he was traveling.

Henry leads McGahee 300-239 in yards rushing this season.

Questions about Buffalo's running back rotation have been raised since the team selected McGahee 23rd overall despite already having a proven starter in Henry.

McGahee missed all of his rookie season recovering from reconstructive surgery on his left knee.

Henry began this year as the starter, and was coming off his second consecutive 1,300-yard season.


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