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Chris Kelsay has torn neck tendon; Fred Jackson back soon

By Tim Graham

Chris Kelsay heard an unsettling pop while working on a blocking sled a couple weeks back. The Buffalo Bills defensive end tore a neck ligament, causing him to miss the past two games.

As delicate as that sounds, Kelsay was back on the practice field this afternoon and could be available for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts in Lucas Oil Stadium.

"I definitely plan on playing, and hopefully it's something that doesn't even need to be addressed," Kelsay said. "Hopefully, it's something that time and rest will heal, and we'll move forward. Structurally, everything's sound.

"So I'm not putting my body at any further risk by playing. It was just a matter of getting my range of motion back, not so much that I don't hurt this injury again, but so I'm not in a vulnerable situation where I can hurt something else by not being able to see something coming."

Kelsay was limited at practice, but Gailey said "It looked like it went well. We'll find out what he can do Wednesday, but it looked promising."

Bills running back Fred Jackson wasn't cleared to return from his concussion for today's practice but is expected to return Wednesday.

"Everything's on track for him to be ready to go Wednesday," Gailey said. "He says he's feeling well."

On cornerback Aaron Williams' knee injury, Gailey said "I doubt he makes it this week, but he's still working. We haven't ruled he or Mark [Anderson] out at this point, but they'll have a hard time."

Gailey also noted receiver Brad Smith and defensive end Spencer Johnson were given the day off for rest. Smith has a hamstring issue, while Gailey said Johnson has "multiple things, just kind of beat up."

Both are expected back Wednesday.

The Bills also placed tight end Mike Caussin on injured reserve because he hasn't recovered sufficiently from a knee injury. They had until today to decide whether to activate him from the reserve/unable-to-perform list or put him on season-ending IR.

Caussin informed Associated Press reporter John Wawrow this morning, and Gailey confirmed the roster move this afternoon.

"He practiced for three weeks and he never got appreciably better," Gailey said. "He told me in his own words he was 75 to 80 percent, and that's not good enough. We weren't going to release him, so we just put him on IR.

"He played for us last year and showed a little promise. It's a shame all that happened for him the way it did. Hopefully, he'll get better and be able to play again."

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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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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 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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