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QB’s – Jason Campbell (OUT)
TE’s – Chris Gragg (OUT)
DT’s - Kyle Williams (ACTIVE)
S – Jairus Byrd (OUT)
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Buffalo Bills @ Cleveland Browns – Thursday 8:25, 72 Degrees and Cloudy
Buffalo – C.J. Spiller (ankle sprain, Questionable): It’s never a good thing to sprain an ankle heading into a short week, but that’s exactly what Spiller is dealing with heading into the Bills’ Thursday night contest. Based on the fact that he’s got a good chance of playing this Thursday, it appears he avoided a severe sprain or a high ankle sprain. However, he did leave the game and only returned briefly before exiting for good, so he’s clearly going to be limited on Thursday night. I’ll tell you now, Spiller owners are going to be rolling the dice regardless of what news comes out over the next couple days, as Spiller himself is just shooting for 80-85% health in order for him to play. First it’s a knee issue, then a quad issue, and now an ankle. These lower extremity issues are adding up for Spiller, who is reliant on his mobility and making people miss. Whether he’s active or not, it just doesn’t seem worth the risk. I’d sit him this week.
UPDATED: C.J. Spiller (Ankle, Will Play): Apparently no drama here, as Spiller will play tonight, according to KFFL.com. It still represents a risky play in my book, because he didn’t really participate in much of anything at practice this week and we’re expecting him to be better than he’s been all season. My guess is that it’ll be a full on timeshare tonight, so Spiller won’t be getting the bulk of carries. And besides, the Browns defense has actually been surprisingly good this season. You may have to play him considering he’s a consensus 1st round pick, but if you happen to have depth, I’d avoid him tonight.
Fred Jackson (MCL sprain, Expected to play): Jackson’s injury seems much less serious than Spiller’s, as he is reportedly only dealing with a minor sprain to the MCL of the knee (ligament that runs along the inside of the knee, connecting the femur to the tibia). Jackson is no stranger to knee issues, so the fact that he took part in the walk through today is a good sign moving forward. Expectation is that Jackson will play on Thursday and get the majority of carries if Spiller can’t go. These two are tied to each other this week more so than any other, so watch for practice participation of both before committing to one or the other.
UPDATED: Fred Jackson (MCL sprain, Will Play): Another Bills’ RB dealing with an injury suffered on Sunday, Jackson’s MCL sprain is considered very mild and he shouldn’t be too limited tonight. He was able to practice all week and wasn’t reported to look too limited. Keep in mind, Jackson does have a history of MCL issues in his knee, as he’s had surgery performed on it in the past, so expect the Bills to play it safe and have a good, solid brace on just to give him an increased sense of stability. Bracing won’t necessarily stop something from happening, but it does give the player more confidence and, if he wears a brace that has extra stability running along the inside of the brace, will allow him to cut with more freedom. (Remember, the MCL is the ligament that runs on the inside of the knee joint that connect the femur to the tibia (thigh bone to shin bone) and its primary function is to resist any valgus (a blow from the outside of the knee towards the inside) forces that occur). If I’m a gambling man (I am, I just suck at it), I’m guessing Jackson gets more carries tonight and is the higher scoring guy of the two. But we’ll have to wait and see.
Steve Johnson (Hamstring strain, Will Play): We’ve been here before with Johnson. He’s a tough player and always manages to fight through these muscular injuries. But he’s coming off his worst game of the season, is lined up opposite Joe Haden, and is playing a Thursday night game, which are always very sloppy. I actually like Robert Woods more than Johnson, especially since Woods is healthy and has played more snaps than Johnson the last two weeks. I’d sit Stevie this week.
Cleveland – None.