Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- With a full week to rest his injured ankle, it seems like that was all that was needed to do the trick for Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller.
"I feel good about C.J. playing," head coach Doug Marrone declared after Thursday's practice. "And talking with him, without any setbacks we feel he'll be ready to go."
For the second straight day Spiller was a limited participant at practice, just a week after he didn't practice with the team at all due to his high ankle sprain. Marrone agreed that the one week off for the explosive running back is just what his ankle needed to heal enough to play.
Joining Spiller as the limited participants for Thursday were wide receiver Stevie Johnson (hip flexor), linebacker Manny Lawson (hamstring), cornerback Brandon Smith (illness) and quarterback EJ Manuel (knee). All but Manuel are expected to play, with the quarterback still rehabbing his LCL sprain.
Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (elbow), running back Fred Jackson (knee) and defensive lineman Kyle Williams (Achilles) all returned to practice as full participants. The trio are expected to suit up for the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Only two players, quarterback Thad Lewis (ribs) and wide receiver Chris Hogan (back), did not participate in any capacity.
The Bills have one more practice on Friday in Orchard Park before their tilt with the Chiefs at Ralph Wilson Stadium.