Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller has been bogged down by a high ankle sprain over the course of the past five weeks which has limited his production. In four of the last five games, Spiller has taken only 22.8-percent of the offensive snaps in the times he's been active, and was held out once because of the ankle.
After a couple of his runs on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, Spiller had to hobble back to the sidelines in an effort to allow his ankle to calm down before taking his next snap. Even though the ankle seemed to still be bugging him on Sunday, Spiller took a step forward in his recovery.
The running back was not listed on the injury report Wednesday, the first time that's happened since it occurred in Week Four, and Spiller was a full participant. To head coach Doug Marrone, that means Spiller is back to full health.
"When they're off the injury report then I feel they're fine," he clarified on Wednesday. "Because the one thing you want to know as a coach, even if the guy has a little bit of something I'd rather put him on the injury report, so this way we could monitor and make sure we watch it. But as soon as someone comes off the injury report, I'm thinking he's a full-go."
Spiller wasn't available for comment on Wednesday, but Marrone said he spoke with his running back.
"I asked him how he felt and he said he felt good. So that's exciting," he said. "The more we can get his hands on the ball, there's an opportunity for him to make a big play. So I think that's something that we're striving for."
As the seasons has gone on, the injury report for the Bills seems to be dwindling. Buffalo was only without three players during the first practice of the week. Wide receiver Robert Woods (ankle), wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) and defensive lineman Kyle Williams did not participate.
It seems the most serious of the trio is the team's second-round pick last April.
"We're gonna see where we are with Woods," Marrone said. "I don't feel that good about Robert Woods being able to play."
Goodwin worked with trainers in the field house while the rest of the team practiced on the grass field outside. The head coach said the speedy wideout will be a limited participant on Thursday. It was the normal Wednesday rest day for Williams, he'll likely be back in full for the second practice of the week.
The only other players listed on Wednesday were quarterbacks EJ Manuel (knee) and Thad Lewis (ribs). Both were full participants after missing last week's game.