Bills RB Jackson has chance to return against Pats

Associated Press Modified: September 24, 2012 at 8:02 pm •  Published: September 24, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson expressed confidence on Monday he's ready to come back after missing two weeks with a sprained right knee.

And C.J. Spiller might not be far behind.

That's good news for the Bills, who were confronted with the prospect of being minus their top two rushers after Spiller was carted off with a shoulder injury in a 24-14 win at Cleveland on Sunday.

Jackson said he was ahead of schedule in his recovery, and gave himself a "70-75 percent chance" of playing Sunday, when the Bills (2-1) host New England (1-2).

"My mindset is to go. I'm playing. That is how I'm approaching it," Jackson said. "I think I've got a really good shot. I like my chances."

Jackson was initially expected to miss about a month after he was hurt in a season-opening 48-28 loss at the Jets two weeks ago. After spending last week working out on his own along the sideline, Jackson will get his first test in a team setting Wednesday, when the Bills return to practice.

"My goal is to get out there and do as much as possible," Jackson said. "I want to go out there and go full-go and see how my knee holds up and what happens."

The news was almost as promising for Spiller.

Despite some swelling and tenderness, Spiller said he has full range of motion in his shoulder.

"Actually, I'm very surprised by the movement that I have in it," Spiller said, after appearing on Jackson's locally broadcast TV show at a suburban mall. "I'm really not in as much pain as I thought it would be. I was able to sleep well last night. And I woke up feeling good this morning."

Spiller wouldn't rule himself out from playing Sunday, but noted he needs to be cautious.

That's a big relief after Spiller's injury appeared to be serious after he landed hard on his shoulder while being tackled after a 10-yard catch.

Spiller appeared to be in pain as he was on the field and while being carted to the locker room, holding his left arm close to his body.

"Everybody thought it was worse than it was," said Spiller, whose first call was to his mother to allay her fears. "I was just happy what it was, and that I can get back there as soon as I can."

Spiller wouldn't reveal the exact nature of the injury, except to say that it's similar to injuries quarterbacks sustain.

Coach Chan Gailey wasn't prepared to rule out Spiller from playing against New England, but acknowledged Spiller has a better shot at playing the following weekend at San Francisco.

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