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McGee out for a few weeks

Posted Sep 12, 2011

Unfortunately for the Bills there was a loss in their blowout win over the Chiefs in Week 1. Starting cornerback Terrence McGee will be out for a while after sustaining a hamstring injury on the first defensive play from scrimmage on Sunday.

“(It’s) not good,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “It’s going to be a few weeks.”

For McGee the injury had to be devastating. He was not available during the open locker room period Monday for the media, but for a few minutes held his head in his hands on the sideline shortly after coming off the field.

The left hamstring injury is part of a string of ailments that has kept McGee off the field far more than he’d like the past two-plus seasons.

In 2009, McGee played hurt for a month with knee injury before undergoing surgery during the bye week that year and missed the next three games. Last season he missed five straight games with a nerve problem in his back and leg. He tried to play through that ailment as well, but it returned later in the season forcing him to play only in a reserve capacity at cornerback.

McGee got through training camp relatively healthy as he missed minimal time this summer and looked to be back at 100 percent, but the pulled hamstring will again sideline the cornerback.

His absence leaves the Bills with just four healthy cornerbacks on the active roster, which includes a pair of rookies in second-round pick Aaron Williams and seventh-round pick Justin Rogers. Rogers was inactive on Sunday.

Gailey did not rule out the possibility of adding a free agent cornerback as insurance.

“Yes, we always do keep an eye out,” he said of possibly adding another cornerback.