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C.J. Spiller won't rule out playing against Patriots

By Tim Graham

We're missing quite a bit of information about the extent of Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller's shoulder injury.

But at the very least the news appears good.

Spiller went from writhing in pain on the soggy Cleveland Browns Stadium grass to getting ribbed by his teammates today for not being more hurt than he showed when leaving Sunday's game.

Bills coach Chan Gailey said this afternoon he didn't know specifics of Spiller's injury.

Spiller, all smiles and without a sling, claimed he doesn't exactly know what the injury is but said he had total mobility and might have a chance to play Sunday against the New England Patriots.

"It's a big improvement than what it was yesterday," Spiller said tonight after appearing as a guest on the "The Fred Jackson Show." The program airs live at 6:30 every Monday night from the WBBZ-TV studio in the Eastern Hills Mall.

"Actually, I'm very surprised the movement that we have in it. I got the full range of motion, which is really weird when you have an injury like I do, but definitely been a lot of support and prayer from my immediate family and outside fans.

"I'm going to do everything I can to get back out there. We're going to take it day by day, but we'll see how it goes."

There's optimism Jackson will return from his sprained knee and play against the Patriots. Gailey said he was "very optimistic." Jackson said he thought he had "a 70 to 75 percent chance to play."

Gailey noted this afternoon Spiller was unlikely to play but added the Bills were "not going to completely rule him out."

Spiller mentioned the possibility of playing Sunday -- but also stressed caution.

"The good thing is we got Fred coming back," Spiller said. "We got our main leader coming back onto the field. So we definitely don't want to rush it.

"Do we want to be out there? Yes. We're going to plan for it, but if I'm not I'll just have to continue to get healthy."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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