This is why NFL teams need to have two capable running backs.
When the starter goes down with an injury - as will almost certainly happen at some point during the course of the season - the backup needs to be able to step in and carry the load.
Enter Willis McGahee.
With the news that Ray Rice suffered a knee sprain in the Ravens' 24-17 win over the Browns yesterday, there's a good chance McGahee will be called upon to get most of the carries this upcoming Sunday when the Ravens travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers.
While McGahee seemed to think that Rice's injury wasn't too serious, it's hard to say at this point. The Ravens will likely play things safe with their Pro Bowl running back, knowing they have another Pro Bowler in McGahee waiting behind him.
"I'm pretty sure he's going to be all right," McGahee said. "Whenever my number is called, I'll be ready."
McGahee rushed for 29 yards on seven carries yesterday, and helped the Ravens run out the clock leading by one possession late in the fourth quarter.
"I'm not going to say it's my best performance ever. I did pretty good," McGahee said.
"Our team is starting to balance out. We're used to that defense pulling out games and getting the win for us, which they're still doing. They got some help from the offense now."
McGahee's name has been linked to trade rumors for months. With Rice's health status up in the air at this point, you can bet GM Ozzie Newsome won't be dealing McGahee any time soon.