When all is said and done, the 4-6 week ankle injury Buffalo Bills wide receiver Donald Jones suffered on October 9 may only cost him two full football games.
In his weekly Monday press conference, head coach Chan Gailey told assembled media that Jones - the starting receiver opposite Stevie Johnson since the day Lee Evans was traded - will return to practice this week and has a "legitimate" chance to play in Week 9 against the New York Jets.
With Jones out of the lineup, the Bills have been forced to use Brad Smith and C.J. Spiller at wideout. Time will tell if Jones' return will take Spiller back out of the Bills' receiving corps, but the second-year running back has looked comfortable out wide in two games.
The rest of the team's injury news is not as cheery. Kyle Williams will not play this weekend, marking his third straight missed start. Gailey said the team had a better shot at getting Chris Hairston back at left tackle than Demetrius Bell, but didn't sound optimistic regarding either. Andy Levitre is likely to make his second straight start out there. Finally, though rookie cornerback Aaron Williams may practice this week, he remains unlikely to play on Sunday.