CINCINNATI -- Running back Willis McGahee twisted his
surgically rebuilt left knee on a catch Sunday, and sat out the
fourth quarter of the Buffalo Bills' 33-17 victory over Cincinnati
as a precaution.
McGahee has been a big part of the Bills' turnaround, piling up
six 100-yard games in nine starts. Buffalo has gone 8-1 since he
became the starter and moved into playoff contention.
McGahee took a swing pass from Drew Bledsoe late in the second
quarter and landed awkwardly on the knee, which he tore up in his
final college game at Miami.
McGahee stayed face down on the field for a couple of minutes,
then walked off without assistance.
"I was thinking, 'Get up, Willis,' " Bledsoe said. "He's been
so pivotal in us turning this thing around, and it's a testament to
him to get to where he is, with what he's gone through. Hopefully
he'll be all right."
McGahee returned to start the second half, carrying five times
before the Bills decided not to take any chances. With Buffalo
comfortably ahead, he sat out the fourth quarter.
"I don't know the extent of it, but he did come back and
play," coach Mike Mularkey said. "He felt like it wasn't 100
percent, so we decided not to try it."
McGahee finished with 25 yards on 11 carries.