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Donald Jones upbeat; injury reports

Bills receiver Donald Jones was walking around the locker room without a boot and without much of a limp, which was a good sight for the BIlls. Jones suffered a high-ankle sprain vs. Philadelphia and is due to miss four to six weeks. This is his second week out. The Washington game will give him three weeks off (and two games missed).

Jones says he will be back before the longer-range injury estimate.

"Definitely hopeful it won’t be six weeks," he said. "We don’t think it’ll be six weeks at all. ... I’m definitely a lot better. Things are moving a lot faster than expected. I’m trying to get back as fast as possible but not rush it to where I get hurt again. The bye definitely helps out, gives it some extra time, some extra rehab time. Everybody else is going home but I’ll be up here rehabbing."

Meanwhile, defensive tackle Kyle Williams walked through the locker room in a boot. We'll see what Chan Gailey says about him after practice. 

Left tackle Demetrius Bell was in the locker room. He said he's improving but was non-committal, as he's instructed to be, about the timetable for his return from a shoulder injury.

Said Bell: "It’s a shoulder injury. I’m not able to talk about it. I’m getting better day by day. It’s not a drastic change day by day but it has gotten better, and it’s a whole lot better since Cincinnati. I’m rehabbing every day. I’ll stay here during the break and look forward to coming back."

Does he think he will be out a lot longer? "I definitely don’t think it’s long term. It’s just the process has taken more time than I thought. But I’m getting better."

Bills tackle Chris Hairston is out, too, with a sprained ankle. The Bills might have to play guard Andy Levitre at left tackle vs. Washington if both Bell and Hairston can't go.

---Mark Gaughan

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