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.
2004 SEASON STATISTICS Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD 240 922 9 18 147 0
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.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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