Mid-Week Notes

<b><u>Buffalo</u></b> <BR><BR> McGahee Moves Up <BR><BR> The move to name Willis McGahee as the team's starting running back really isn't a surprise when you consider a few things.

Running back Travis Henry (foot) clearly isn't 100 percent and it doesn't make much sense to have him running the ball 20-25 times when he can't be effective.

Secondly, the team wants to get a good look at McGahee because they want to be able to properly evaluate him in order to decide whether he or Henry will be their starter in 2005. If they look what they see the rest of the season from McGahee, look for Henry to be dealt prior to next year's draft for a first day selection.


Warrick Surprisingly Plays

Wide Receiver Peter Warrick has been bothered by a shin injury for weeks and was downgraded to out on Friday's final injury report from Week Seven.

Prior to Monday night's game, Warrick warmed up a few hours before the 9:00 pm local time kickoff and showed the team's medical staff that he could go out and play.

Warrick didn't start the game but did have one pass thrown to him on a deep pattern. It's extremely rare for a player that is listed as out on the injury report to play so the NFL office will have look in to this situation. However, the team insists that they did nothing wrong.


LaBoy Could be a Factor

Rookie (second-round) end Travis LaBoy is coming off of his best game as a pro (six total tackles and two sacks).

The former University of Hawaii star had struggled through a variety of injured through training camp and up until recently. However, with starting end Carlos Hall (knee) iffy, LaBoy could have a significant role over the next few weeks.

LaBoy was looked as one of the better speed/edge rushers to come out this year's draft.


Levens Role to Increase but can he Handle it?

With starting running back Brian Westbrook (broken rib) unlikely to play this week against Baltimore, veteran back Dorsey Levens will handle the load.

Levens signed late with the team and was released shortly before the season started. He was signed a few weeks later and has been Westbrook's backup.

The big question that needs to be answered is, how many carries can he handle? What will be the game plan?

The 34-old former Georgia Tech University Yellow Jacket has always kept himself in good shape but he hasn't had double-digit carries in a game since last November.

The Eagles won't ask Levens to carry the ball 20-25 times most likely (Westbrook has only had one 20-carry game in the last two seasons) but he'll likely be asked to touch the ball 15-20 times (13-15 carries, 3-5 catches). They really don't have much of a choice with running back Correll Buckhalter (knee) out for the season.

Look for Levens to give way to second-year back Reno Mahe for 5-7 carries.

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