UPDATED: Running back C.J. Spiller was back working in practice Wednesday after missing the past two games with a sore hamstring. The Bills will need all the firepower they can get against a Minnesota defense that ranks ninth in yards allowed and fifth against the run.
Defensive tackle Spencer Johnson, who also has missed the past two weeks with a hamstring injury, was back working with the defensive line. But rookie Torell Troup was out with a tibia injury that looks like it may keep him out Sunday. That could put John McCargo on the active list for the first time this season.
Defensive lineman Dwan Edwards is out, perhaps for the season, due to his hamstring injury suffered Sunday. Linebacker Reggie Torbor has a significant shoulder injury. He could be out the final five games, too. Tight end Shawn Nelson, ill last week, did not practice again. Chris Kelsay also was ill. Demetrius Bell was rested. Cornerback Terrence McGee, nagged by a nerve problem that has caused soreness in the knee, was not practicing. Coach Chan Gailey said he still is being evaluated.
"They’re still trying to decide what exactly is going on and make sure we get a good answer on that before we put him back out there," Gailey said.
Torbor's injury will have a big impact on the defense, because he is involved in so many defefnsive packages. Look for the Bills to replace him with several different options. Safety Bryan Scott can team with Paul Posluszny in the nickel defense in passing situations. They could use Kelsay and Posluszny as outside linebackers and Akin Ayodele as an inside linebacker. Rookie Antonio Coleman could step in for Torbor in some packages.