Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- To most, last weekend provided a much-welcomed game off for Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller. For three weeks Spiller was attempting to play through a high ankle sprain rather than letting it heal, and could only muster up limited production because of it.
Against the New Orleans Saints, Spiller watched from the sidelines in street clothes as opposed to suiting up for the contest. Will that be the only game he misses to rest the injury? Head coach Doug Marrone was non-committal.
"I'm probably still going to go with day-to-day and then take a good peak tomorrow," he said after Wednesday's practice. "I'm not ready to really stand on the table one way or another."
Spiller did not practice at all in the week leading up to the Saints game, but was on the field as a limited participant. The running back cautioned all to not look at it as an intimation for what could happen this Sunday.
"There's definitely no reading between the lines saying, 'Oh, he's back,'" Spiller said. "Because I'm definitely not back to normal yet."
A normal rest period for a high ankle sprain, which he confirmed with reporters today, is four-to-six weeks without playing.
Outside of Spiller and the injury to quarterback Thad Lewis, the Bills had mostly good news with their injury report. Despite not practicing, running back Fred Jackson (knee), wide receiver Stevie Johnson (hip flexor) and defensive lineman Kyle Williams (Achilles) are all expected to be available to play against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Linebacker Manny Lawson (hamstring), right guard Kraig Urbik and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (elbow) were all limited at the session. Marrone believes both Urbik and Goodwin should be ready to play, and Lawson told reporters he's expecting to play as well. Quarterback EJ Manuel (knee) was a limited participant as well, but has already been ruled out for the upcoming game.
The Bills take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. They'll resume practice on Thursday morning for the second of three sessions through the week.