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C.J. Spiller likely to play Sunday; QB starter still uncertain

By Jay Skurski

Barring a setback in the next couple days, running back C.J. Spiller will return to the Buffalo Bills' lineup Sunday against Kansas City.

"I feel good about C.J. playing," coach Doug Marrone said. "In talking with him, without any setbacks, we feel he'll be ready to go."

Marrone said the decision to rest Spiller last week accomplished what the team hoped it would in healing the high-ankle sprain he's dealing with.

As for the quarterbacks, Thad Lewis missed a second straight practice and remains "50-50" to play Sunday.

"We're still not ready to make a decision right now, until we get more information," Marrone said. "I spoke to Thad, I spoke to the trainers. I know there was a report out there from a league source. I'm hoping the league source is right, because I really don't know right now. It's 50-50, trust me."

Marrone was referring to this report from Pro Football Talk on Wednesday, which cited a league source in saying that Lewis will play.

Receiver Chris Hogan joined Lewis as a non-participant at practice because of a back injury, but Marrone said Hogan should be fine.

Spiller was limited in practice, as was quarterback EJ Manuel (knee), receiver Stevie Johnson (hip flexor), linebacker Manny Lawson (hamstring) and cornerback Brandon Smith (illness).

Running back Fred Jackson (knee) and defensive tackle Kyle Williams (Achilles) each practiced fully Thursday after being rested Wednesday, as did receiver Marquise Goodwin, who was limited Wednesday.


Brandon Smith | C.J. Spiller | Chris Hogan | Doug Marrone | EJ Manuel | Fred Jackson | Kyle Williams | Manny Lawson | Marquise Goodwin | Stevie Johnson | Thad Lewis
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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

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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

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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