By Tim Graham
Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson will continue to work through some knee pain and stiffness in hopes of playing Sunday against the New England Patriots in Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Bills running back C.J. Spiller was cryptic about whether he would practice today, saying it was up to the medical staff but indicating with a grin he wanted to give his injured shoulder a test.
Jackson was visibly disappointed in how his knee performed in Wednesday's practice and said how it felt this morning would be an important indicator to what he would be able to do Sunday.
"I was a little sore this morning -- a little sore, a little swollen," Jackson said at his locker before practice. "I got in the training room. They did what they could. We'll go out today and see what happens.
"I haven't moved around on it yet. I don't know if it's going to be any worse or any better."
Jackson suffered a sprained right knee in the season-opening loss to the New York Jets. He wanted to return for the Patriots, but that was viewed as pushing it. Doctors originally targeted next week's game against the San Francisco 49ers as the earliest Jackson could return.
"I still think I can play," Jackson. "I still want to play. It's just going to be about how much I can play and see what happens after today."
Spiller injured his shoulder in the first quarter of Sunday's victory over the Cleveland Browns. We'll know more later about whether Spiller practiced and how he and Jackson feel.
"Do I want to practice? I wouldn't mind getting out there," Spiller said. "But if I don't, I don't."
(Photos: James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)