"He's made some more yards after first contact," coach Mike
Mularkey said in announcing that the second-year back will start
ahead of veteran Travis Henry.
"We're just trying to get a spark. It's not the only position
that that may happen to. But right now that's the one that it is.
And hopefully that's the spark in the run game that gets us rolling."
The Buffalo offense has failed to score more than 20 points in a
game this season and has yet to produce a touchdown rushing inside
the opponent's 20-yard-line. It is last in the NFL with 77 points
and its per-game average of 12.8 is next to last.
The move could represent a permanent change at running back for
the Bills, who selected McGahee 23rd overall in the 2003 draft
despite having a proven starter in Henry.
McGahee had missed his entire rookie season recovering from
reconstructive surgery on his left knee. He has become
progressively healthier since he was cleared for full contact last spring.
In the last three games, McGahee has had the bulk of the
carries, and gotten 211 of his 239 yards rushing for the season.
That includes an 111-yard performance -- Buffalo's only 100-yard
rushing effort this year -- in the Bills 20-13 win over Miami on Oct. 17.
He is averaging 3.9 yards a carry.
Henry, who did not play against Miami because of a sprained left
foot, leads the team with 300 yards rushing, but is averaging just
3.4 yards a carry, after rushing for more than 1,300 yards in two