A Spikes in Bengals' heart

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

If there was ever a doubt as to why Takeo Spikes wanted to leave Cincinnati, it was played out in front of him yesterday.

As the Bengals were guaranteeing a 14th consecutive season without a playoff berth, one of their old warriors played a big part in making it happen.

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Spikes, a first-round draft pick by the Bengals in 1998, scored a touchdown on a 62-yard interception return of one of many poor throws by Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna.

"A lot of the Cincinnati fans were booing, calling me a traitor," said Spikes, who was a free-agent signee by the Bills in March, 2003.

"I was thinking they just loved me and didn't know how to react. It was like a bad relationship. They see you with somebody else and don't like it."

What Spikes didn't like much was his five losing seasons in Cincinnati. He saw many days like yesterday in which the Bengals found so many ways to lose.

His second interception return for a TD this season was like a dream come true.

"(London Fletcher) said before the game that he thought about me picking one off and taking it back," said Spikes, who also recovered a fumble. "I'm like, 'That's fine, but I thought about that on Wednesday.' "

Meanwhile, the Bills will evaluate the status of running back Willis McGahee's right knee today.

The ground game was stunted by the Bengals' game plan of sending run blitzes all day, but was made worse when McGahee hyper-extended his knee late in the second quarter.

McGahee, held to 11 yards on 25 carries, returned briefly in the third quarter before returning to the Bills locker room.

"I don't know the extent yet," Bills coach Mike Mularkey said.


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