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Fred Jackson optimistic for Sunday, C.J. Spiller a maybe

By Mark Gaughan

Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey said today running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller both took part in practice Friday and both will be listed as questionable for Sunday's game against New England.

"I think they both have a chance, a legitimate chance," Gailey said after the team's workout in the Bills Fieldhouse. Both were somewhat limited in the workout. Jackson is coming back from a sprained knee, Spiller from a shoulder injury.

Jackson, in the locker room after practice, was optimistic about playing.

"It got better as the day went on today, so that's always good," Jackson said. "It felt good yesterday, too, after practice. Excited to see what happens on Sunday."

Gailey acknowledged he would not have expected on Monday that Spiller would have been able to do some work Thursday and Friday.

"Not a chance," Gailey said. "It was great to get Spiller back because it keeps our Wildcat stuff alive, so that's good."

Still, given the fact Spiller only got a couple of snaps on Thursday, he's probably more questionable than Jackson.

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Tim Graham

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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

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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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