ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Fred Jackson to the rescue?
With Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller expected to miss at least a week with left shoulder injury, Jackson announced Monday he's 70 to 75 percent sure he'll be ready to return from a sprained right knee to play against New England on Sunday. Spiller is doing everything he can to get back on the field as soon as possible. "You know I'm going to do everything to get back to the field as soon as I can... Like Fred alluded to earlier...
It's a big game with the Patriots coming to town so... You want to be at your best... Because you don't want to give
those guys any excuses for the outcome fo the game."
Head coach Chan Gailey told the media Monday that Spiller's injury may not be as serious as first thought and that he's not ready to rule him out of the game just yet. "Maybe not as bad as originally thought... I'm not going to completely rule him out this week but... I think it's more of a chance that he won't than he will."
Jackson expects to practice on Wednesday for the first time since getting hurt in a season-opening loss at the New York Jets two weeks ago. Jackson said Monday "From my point of view... I'm giving myself at 75-percent chance to play... You know I just feel... It's a game that we need to go out and play well.... And I need to be out there I think to play."
Coach Chan Gailey concurred with Jackson's prognosis after the player had a workout earlier in the day that went "extremely well." Gailey said he's "very optimistic" Jackson will play Sunday.
Jackson's return has the potential to provide a big boost to Buffalo's running attack after Spiller was hurt in a 24-14 win at Cleveland.