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Posted: Thursday, 17 October 2013 2:25PM

Spiller's ankle needs steady progress for Bills to keep playing him

Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550)  -- For the past two weeks, the Buffalo Bills have kept running back C.J. Spiller active and playing at least a minor role despite his ankle injury. There has been a consistent positive reinforcement from head coach Doug Marrone about the condition of the injury from a weekly standpoint.

On Thursday Marrone was once again asked about how Spiller's ankle was progressing, after a practice in which Spiller looked a little stiff in his movements. This time around, Marrone went into more detail regarding his running back's status.

"I think it's been one of those nagging things, I really do," he said. "It's not 100-percent, but I think it's getting better and better. Then what happens is then you go ahead and play and then it goes back and forth, so we're just trying to get over the top where at least it's feeling better than it was at this time last week."

With the injury going "back and forth" after each game that they play, might the Bills consider resting him one of these weeks to get him back to his natural self?

"That's happening with a lot of players but again it goes back to they want to be out there," Marrone responded. "So I think if it's something that we see it as where it's not progressing, where it hasn't been better than the week before, that's obviously an option."

In the past two games since suffering the injury against Baltimore in Week Four, Spiller has had only 30 offensive snaps out of the 146 the Bills have had total. He was a limited participant on Thursday after being labeled as a non-participant on Wednesday.

Spiller's status for Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, along with the rest of the players on the injury report, will be unveiled following Friday's practice.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

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