Henry out as Bills' starter

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:33 AM ET

Travis Henry says Willis McGahee is the starter.

Willis McGahee says Travis Henry is the starter.

Mike Mularkey says both running backs are starters.

Just another confusing day in the world of the stumbling bumbling Buffalo Bills, who can't even pass the torch between running backs without fumbling the darn thing.

So what was one to believe amidst all the wishy-washy opinions being spewed here at Ralph Wilson Stadium yesterday?

The bottom line is, McGahee will be in the backfield instead of a relatively-healthy Henry when the Bills offence takes to the field against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday.

Read between the lines. Unless McGahee blows out his surgically-repaired knee, it appears obvious that he has overtaken Henry as the back who will lug the majority of the load for the struggling Bills from here on in.

Wouldn't it be much simpler for the Bills to just come out and say that? Not a chance.

Instead, Mularkey was quoted on the Bills web site yesterday afternoon saying that both men would start against the Cards.

Henry and McGahee in the backfield together for the entire game? Is that what the rookie coach was trying to say?

Not quite.

"There was a misunderstanding," Mularkey said when asked about his statement on www.buffalobills.com. "I basically said we have two starters at tailback, just like I'll sometimes say we have four starters at wide receiver and we have two starters at the tight end position ...

"In my mind we have starters who don't just start games. Travis knows if we don't get production with Willis, we'll try Travis."

In other words, as long as he is effective, McGahee is the main man.

From the moment the Bills made the injured McGahee their first-round selection in the 2003 draft, the football world could see this day coming. You don't waste such a high pick unless you plan on giving him a legitimate shot.

The bottom line? The Bills are 0-5 with Henry as the starter. In the one game Henry missed because of injury, McGahee rushed for more than 100 yards to help Buffalo to its only victory of the season.

"It is what it is,"a frustrated Henry said. "Coach feels like this is the best thing for our football team so I have to live with it."

For his part,McGahee is preaching the company line.

"Travis is a good back and that's why I don't mind backing him up," McGahee said.

Nice try Willis, but we all know it's the other way around.


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