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MIKE WILLIAMS WAITS ON TESTS

Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Mike Williams had tests done on his neck Monday, but the results weren't immediately available.

Williams was taken off the field by ambulance after getting hurt during the third quarter of Sunday's 22-17 win over the New York Jets. But X-rays were negative and he left Ralph Wilson Stadium under his own power. The tests on Williams' neck Monday were precautionary.

"It was a very scary moment for a lot of people, probably more scary for him than anybody," said Bills coach Mike Mularkey. "But it was good to see him up and about when we got in there."

Mularkey did not indicate if Williams would be able to play Sunday night at New England.

Despite his second bad game against the Jets, the Bills haven't given up on second-year cornerback Terrence McGee.

"I still consider him a rookie," Mularkey said. "He's getting a lot of playing time obviously because of some of the injuries we've had. That is a position that takes a lot of experience. For him to go in there and us to believe that he's going to be one of the shutdown corners in the league right now was asking for failure."

Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said McGee's experience is similar to what he went through as a rookie with the Los Angeles Rams in 1985.

"When I broke into the league, teams wouldn't throw the ball at LeRoy Irvin because he was an All-Pro," Gray said. "When I got the All-Pro label, they had to spread the wealth back around. Can a young guy withstand the storm? That's what Terrence is going through. If he can, our team will be that much better."

Quarterback Drew Bledsoe will never be confused with Michael Vick, but he was surprisingly nimble in the pocket Sunday. He avoided pass rushers and even took off on a 17-yard scramble.

"I told my son yesterday that was (Bledsoe's) second-longest run, and my son asked, 'Was his longest 18?' " Mularkey cracked.

Sunday marked only the second time in Bledsoe's career that he hasn't been sacked or intercepted in back-to-back games.

He is getting better protection from the offensive line, which has gone two games in a row without allowing a sack for the first time since 1993. But Mularkey said Bledsoe deserves credit for showing more mobility.

"He's moving when he needs to, he's getting rid of it when he needs to," Mularkey said. "And it's not been within the greatest conditions to some of the things he's been able to do. It's really nice to see what he's doing."

With 132 yards Sunday, running back Willis McGahee became only the third NFL player since 1970 to gain 100 yards in his first three starts. Tennessee's Chris Brown opened this season with three 100-yard games.

The NFL record of four straight is held by Stump Mitchell of the St. Louis Cardinals. New England gave up 98 yards to Travis Henry in their 31-17 win over the Bills on Oct. 3.

Jonathan "Freddy" Smith's first NFL game was a busy one. The rookie wide receiver was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster to help the injury-depleted position.

Smith was penalized for a personal foul early in the game and risked a turnover by fielding a punt while surrounded by Jets defenders.

But the former seventh-round draft pick got a lot of snaps on offense. In fact, he appeared to have played more than Sam Aiken, who replaced the injured Josh Reed as the third receiver.

"I'm glad the coaches gave me a chance to play," Smith said. "I enjoyed it. It was everything that I thought it would be coming into this league. Unfortunately, a couple of guys got injured and they gave me a chance. I just wanted to take advantage of it."

Although Lawrence Smith started at left guard, Ross Tucker took most of the snaps there Sunday. Mularkey said the change was made because the team felt Tucker was a better fit in the offensive scheme against the Jets.

Mularkey said Tucker played well, but stopped short of saying Tucker would replace Smith as the starter.

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