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Games-played streaks in jeopardy for C.J. Spiller, Manny Lawson

By Tim Graham

Two of the Buffalo Bills who didn't practice Wednesday are at risk of having long consecutive-games streaks snapped.

C.J. Spiller (ankle) has the NFL's fifth-longest streak for a running back:

  • Justin Forsett, Jacksonville Jaguars 82
  • Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans 71
  • Anthony Dixon, San Francisco 49ers 55
  • Toby Gerhart, Minnesota Vikings 53
  • C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills 44

Bills coach Doug Marrone suggested Wednesday he might make the decision to hold Spiller out of Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome.

Marrone said Spiller's ankle had gotten worse compared to the same point last week. Spiller, however, told Buffalo News columnist Jerry Sullivan the ankle felt "10 times better."

Linebacker Manny Lawson (hamstring) also has the NFL's fifth-longest streak at his position:

  • London Fletcher, Washington 246
  • Stephen Tulloch, Detroit Lions 119
  • Chad Greenway, Minnesota Vikings 102
  • Curtis Lofton, New Orleans Saints 86
  • Manny Lawson, Buffalo Bills 81

Marrone said Wednesday he expected Lawson to play Sunday, but the team wasn't ready to say so definitively.

Fletcher's streak began on opening day of his rookie season -- not bad for an undrafted Ohio Athletic Conference player -- and includes five seasons with the Bills.

Fletcher's streak is the longest for any position in the NFL by a vast margin. That includes punters and kickers.

Next closest is Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne, whose streak will end this week because of a season-ending knee injury. Wayne has played 57 fewer consecutive games, the equivalent of 3.6 seasons.

Other streaks of note:

  • Baltimore Ravens cornerback and Turner-Carroll alum Corey Graham is second at 100 games (two behind Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay).
  • Former Bills special-teamer John Wendling is second among safeties at 101 games (two behind Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin).
  • Former Bills guard Andy Levitre is fourth (third in consecutive starts) at 71 games.

Kiko Alonso reminds Bills CEO of London Fletcher, Takeo Spikes

By Tim Graham

Kiko Alonso's career is four NFL games old.

This morning, Buffalo Bills CEO Russ Brandon compared the rookie to a pair of linebackers who've played 463 games.

On Brandon's weekly WGR radio show, host Howard Simon asked Brandon to fill in a blank: Alonso is the best Bills linebacker since ...

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Poll: Greatest inside linebacker in Bills history?

By Tim Graham

Brian Urlacher's retirement turned this morning's front page of NFL.com into a tribute to the Chicago Bears legend. Analysts and players reviewed his Hall of Fame credentials and debated where he ranks among the all-time great inside linebackers.

That led me to wonder about the Buffalo Bills' best inside or middle linebacker.

The list of candidates is rather short.

Who ya got?

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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.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

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.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


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.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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