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Posted: Monday, 21 October 2013 4:29PM

Bills almost all clear on injury front from Miami



Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550)  -- The Buffalo Bills had their first six weeks of the season ravaged by injury, but were able to get all but one player on the active roster healthy and ready to play in Week Seven against Miami. Coming out of the Dolphins game, it appears the Bills got off scot-free despite a few scares on the field.

With most fearing the worst when running back Fred Jackson hit the turf clutching his knee in the first quarter, despite dealing with some general soreness, it seems as though the runner will be fine for the team's next game once again. Jackson had previously sprained the MCL in his left knee, only to return for the following week's contest with the addition of a brace.

"I was concerned I think like everybody, every Bill fan, when he was on the side there," head coach Doug Marrone said Monday. "It didn't look good. And then, I knew that they were going to take the brace off his leg and take a peak at it then. So I was like, 'Ooph, that's never a good sign.' Then all of a sudden, next thing I know, he's running in there."

The head coach concluded that the injury looked fine to the doctors, and with the supervision of the training staff along with treatments to the left knee throughout the week, Jackson should be ready to play against the New Orleans Saints.

The only player that had to leave the game was linebacker Manny Lawson, who injured his hamstring for the second straight week. Lawson couldn't finish the contest against Cincinnati because of the injury, but wasn't in jeopardy of missing the Dolphins game.

Once again, it appears Lawson has a chance at avoiding missing any time with the injury, although the coach did not come right out and say that the linebacker would be ready for Sunday.

"We feel he'll be back on the field with us on a limited basis on Wednesday. So that was good news," Marrone said. "It was actually a different spot than the one before. Same hamstring, but different spot."

Outside of those two, Marrone said they'll continue to keep an eye on running back C.J. Spiller's ankle as the week goes on, after he was limited in the game once again.

"I think it's a situation that we keep monitoring it, and if there's a point where during the week it doesn't feel as good as it should, I think we've got to look to see what we want to do," Marrone said. "But as long as he's getting better, when he's in there, obviously he has the potential to be productive."

Spiller has taken just 44 snaps on offense out of a possible 213 through the last three games. Against Miami, Spiller had only 11 yards on six carries and negative-four yards on three receptions during his 14 total offensive snaps.

The Bills have Tuesday off and get on the practice field for the first time this week on Wednesday in Orchard Park.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

All photos courtesy of AP
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