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Posted: Tuesday, 01 October 2013 6:46PM

Bills' Spiller doesn't practice Tuesday



Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550)  -- On a shortened week, there is no shortage of Buffalo Bills players listed on the injury report. A whopping 13 members of the team's active roster appeared on the rundown, headlined by none other than running back C.J. Spiller.

An ankle injury suffered against the Baltimore Ravens in the first half kept the runner from finishing his second game in a row, and now Spiller has missed his second straight practice.  He was on the field during the stretching portion, but ultimately went to work with a trainer once the team went into individual drills.

Head coach Doug Marrone told reporters after practice that there wasn't much swelling in Spiller's ankle, but that Wednesday -- and more notably how the runner's ankles reacts overnight -- will lead the training staff to know more about his status for Thursday's game against the Cleveland Browns.

"To be honest, I didn't think I'd be able to jog today," said the running back. "So that's an encouraging sign."

Spiller, along with cornerback Leodis McKelvin (hamstring), each are said to be day-to-day with the injuries. For both, it may come down to getting worked out the day of the game to determine their status for Thursday night.

Franchised safety Jairus Byrd (feet) was listed as a full participant in Tuesday's session, despite not getting any defensive snaps during the portion that the media is allowed to view practice. Byrd told reporters afterwards that he did take some defensive reps, but wasn't clear on how close to a return he is.

Marrone told reporters that his franchised safety is getting better, and that he believes he's getting very close. Byrd has yet to play in a regular season game in 2013, but was listed as a full participant in practice for the first time this year.

As far as limited participants go, McKelvin, running back Fred Jackson (knee), wide receiver Stevie Johnson (hamstring), defensive lineman Kyle Williams (Achilles), defensive end Mario Williams (ankle), guard Kraig Urbik (knee), wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hand) and kicker Dustin Hopkins (groin) couldn't go through all the paces on Tuesday.

Outside of Goodwin and Hopkins, the remaining non-McKelvin limited participants look to be primed and ready to play against the Browns. That even includes running back Fred Jackson, who suffered an injury to his MCL.

The running back intends on playing, and was even backed up by Marrone who said he feels "very comfortable" with the Jackson's outlook for the Browns game.

Cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore (wrist) and Ron Brooks (foot) both did not participate in practice, and will miss the contest due to their injuries.

The Bills get back on the practice field Wednesday, fly out to Cleveland that night and then take on the Browns Thursday. Wednesday's practice is closed to the media.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

All photos courtesy of AP
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