COMMENTARY | Buffalo Bills running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson each suffered a minor injury -- a sprained ankle and sprained MCL, respectively -- in the Week 4 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
According to reports Monday, both players -- the collective backbone of the team's offense -- expect to play in the upcoming matchup against the Cleveland Browns, although Spiller is a bit less optimistic. Complicating matters is neither player has a full week to recover; the Bills and Browns meet Thursday.
"You've got Monday, Tuesday, travel Wednesday, [play] Thursday," Spiller said Monday. "If it was a Sunday game, I'd definitely say I'd be out there. I'm going to do everything I can to position myself to be out there. If I can get to at least 80, 85 [percent], I think that would be good enough for me to play."
If Spiller and Jackson are unable to go, six-year veteran Tashard Choice will take the lead role in the team's backfield. At the very least, it seems likely that Choice will see an increased workload.
Ironically, the last time Choice saw significant action was in Cleveland -- a Week 3 contest in 2012, when Spiller left early, with Jackson sidelined by a knee injury. Choice carried the ball 20 times for 91 yards in that game, a Bills victory.
Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, said he's on-schedule, according to what his trainers have told him, but that it's still a day-by-day process.
"It's getting better day-by-day," McKelvin said Monday. "That's pretty much all I can say. As far as how I'm feeling right now -- it's pretty much day-by-day, until I go out there and really push it and go for it."
Charles Roberts covers the NFL's Buffalo Bills and the University at Buffalo football program. His work has appeared in several local and national publications. Follow him on Twitter: @cHartleyRoberts.
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