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September 28, 2012

Jackson will play against the Pats

Bills running back returns while Spiller continues to heal.

ORCHARD PARK —  

Though C.J. Spiller is a question mark, the Buffalo Bills are expected to have running back Fred Jackson ready to play against the New England Patriots on Sunday (1 p.m., CBS).
Coach Chan Gailey provided the encouraging update Thursday after Jackson made it through his second straight day of practice since spraining his right knee in a season-opening loss at the New York Jets on Sept. 9.
Barring a setback, Gailey said he expects Jackson to play Sunday.
"Fred worked and worked well today, and there didn't seem to be any residual effect negatively from yesterday," Gailey said.
Gailey then reiterated what he said Monday, by noting he was still very optimistic of Jackson's chances of playing.
Gailey was far more cautious when discussing Spiller's status after the running back hurt his left shoulder in a 24-14 win at Cleveland last weekend.
Spiller returned to practice on Thursday, but worked only on a limited basis.
"He did OK," Gailey said. "It looked like he was moving well. And it looked like all of his range of motion was there. So we'll see where it takes us. I don't know where it's going."
That makes Jackson's return all that more meaningful to Buffalo (2-1) and its run-based offense which faced the possibility of being down its two top rushers in preparing to face AFC East rival New England (1-2).
Jackson would only say, "I feel good," after making his way off the field and heading to the training room for treatment.
That was an improvement after Jackson complained of soreness and swelling in his knee before practice.
"It was a little more sore than expected, but not too much," Jackson had said. "I'm more disappointed in the way that it feels today. I still want to play."

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