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Injury updates on Thad Lewis, C.J. Spiller, rookie receivers

By Jay Skurski

EJ Manuel's potential return dominated the majority of coach Doug Marrone's press conference today, but the Buffalo Bills' coach also provided injury updates on several key offensive players.

The rundown:

• Backup quarterback Thad Lewis went through a throwing session and is expected to return to practice Wednesday after missing Sunday's 23-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs because of bruised ribs.

"He's getting better each day," Marrone said.

• Running back C.J. Spiller made it through Sunday's game without worsening his high-ankle sprain.

"I talked to C.J. afterward and he said he felt good," the coach said. "The one concern was when someone landed on it, how would he feel? He said one of those big defensive tackles landed on it. I told him, 'Well heck, if a defensive tackle, one of their defensive tackles, lands on it and you're ok, you should be fine.' "

• Rookie receivers Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) and Robert Woods (ankle), both of whom left Sunday's game, will be evaluated Wednesday when the team returns to practice.

On Goodwin, Marrone said: "When you have that, we've just got to get him out on the field and see how he is, so I don't really know right now. I'll know a lot when we get on the field and he can go ahead and test it."

As for Woods, the situation was much the same.

"We'll rest him through the next two days, today and tomorrow, and then see him on the field," Marrone said.


C.J. Spiller | Doug Marrone | Marquise Goodwin | Robert Woods | Thad Lewis
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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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