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Stevie Johnson says he will be ready to face Dolphins

By Mark Gaughan

Buffalo Bills receiver Stevie Johnson was limited in practice Wednesday due to a sore back but said he will be ready to play in Miami Sunday against the Dolphins.

"I’ll say maybe 80 percent, 85 percent," Johnson said after practice when asked about his level of readiness. "That’s good enough right now. We’ll have treatments the rest of the week. I feel good about this Sunday."

Johnson sat out last week's game against Cincinnati and was missed as a target from the slot reciever position.

Meanwhile, running back C.J. Spiller did some individual work but was held out of the practice due to the sore ankle that has hindered him the past two games. Spiller said he will play in Miami.

"I definitely feel a whole lot better," Spiller said. "I can tell it’s definitely healing. We’re right on track. I haven’t had any regress. … It’s responding well."

Look for Spiller to share snaps again with Fred Jackson and Tashard Choice.

Spiller got 13 snaps in Cleveland, 17 vs. Cincinnati. Jackson got 50 in Cleveland and 39 last week. Choice got 14 in Cleveland and 13 last week.

Defensive tackle Kyle Williams sat out Wednesday to rest his Achilles tendon. Also limited were Ron Brooks, Manny Lawson and Mario WIlliams.

Cornerback Stephon Gilmore played last week with a club-like cast on his left hand, which he broke in preseason. He still will have the cast on for this week's game. Gilmore played 26 out of 86 defensive snaps.

"It’s like playing with one hand out there, but I’m getting used to it," Gilmore said. "In practice I feel more comfortable. My legs are getting back under me and I’m getting more reps."

Is he worried about being targeted?

"I hope they throw at me. I’ll be ready if they do."


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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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