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C.J. Spiller's timetable for return set at a week

By Jay Skurski

SpillerMugThe Buffalo Bills got a good report on C.J. Spiller's left shoulder injury today, according to coach Chan Gailey.

"Maybe not as bad as originally thought," the coach said. "[We're] not going to completely rule him out this week, but you know, I think it’s more of a chance that he won’t than he will [play Sunday against New England].

Gailey later offered more on Spiller's potential timetable for a return.

"I think there’s a good possibility for the second week, for whoever we play after this week," he said. "We go to San Francisco? ... He’s got a good chance to be back for that one."

Asked whether he felt fortunate that the injuries suffered to both Spiller and Fred Jackson weren't more severe, Gailey bristled.

"We’ve lost Fred and C.J., and you say we’re catching a break?" he asked. "They do look like they could have been [worse], and ... if we look at it that way, we probably are fortunate they aren’t long term."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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