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