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Buffalo Bills news, 10/25: "slim" chance C.J. Spiller plays Sunday

The Buffalo Bills hot shot running back hasn't been himself with an ankle injury. One local reporter is saying his chances of playing this Sunday are slim.

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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Fantasy football injury updates on RBs Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller - ESPN

A good conversation with Stephania Bell about the injuries at running back: "This is always the challenge with in-season injuries. The broken legs are obvious, as are the torn ACLs; certain injuries force an absence. Virtually everything else becomes a matter of how well the player can function while not compromising his long-term health."

Jackson thinks Spiller is at only 75 percent | ProFootballTalk

"My guess looking at him and being here, being my fourth year around him, I’d say he’s about 75 percent," Jackson told Erik Kuselias. "He is a guy who is based on explosiveness. He can’t explode off that ankle and make cuts like he normally does, and that’s one of the things that’s from the injury."

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Spiller understands why Marrone may sit him Sunday -
"I have no problem with coach Marrone. I think we have a great relationship. Concerning my injury I think we’re both on the same page," said Spiller after not practicing for a second straight day Thursday. "He wants what’s best for me and also what’s best for the team. He’s going to make the right decision and I’m going to back him. There’s no feud, no miscommunication or missed dialogue."

Inside The Bills | Where Spiller feels ankle has improved
Spiller: "During individuals I was able to do a lot of stuff without even a limp. That kind of surprised me. The good thing is that everything is pointing in the north direction."

Bills notebook: Spiller, Lawson may be unavailable to face Saints - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Everybody understands speed and quickness, that’s 98 percent of my game. If I’m not able to go out there and make a guy miss with my quickness, you know, it kind of works in their favor," Spiller said. "I think I can outrun a lot of guys with a bad ankle. Just the quickness and the cutting part is the hurdle I have to climb over."

Games-played streaks in jeopardy for C.J. Spiller, Manny Lawson - Bills Blitz
C.J. Spiller hasn't missed a game in 44 contests while Manny Lawson hasn't missed in 81 weeks. Take a look at the folks from around the league in those categories, as well.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Spiller's Chances For Sunday Are "extremely Slim"
"However, the Bills may be more inclined to get their former top ten pick some more time to heal his wounded ankle. According to a league source, Spiller's chances of playing Sunday against the New Orleans Saints are 'extremely slim.'"

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Making special teams coverage look Easley -
"Of Buffalo’s 10 holds behind the 20-yard-line, Easley is responsible for six of them. He’s made one kick return tackle in each game minus the season opener, and he’s never allowed an opponent past the 20-yard-line. On average, he’s held his opponents to the 14-yard-line."

Bills Focus: Marrone Returns to the Big Easy - VIDEO -
"Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone returns to New Orleans this weekend where he spent one year as a player and three years as the offensive coordinator and talks about the experiences that helped shaped him as a coach."

Bills Focus: Marrone Returns to the Big Easy - VIDEO -
"Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone returns to New Orleans this weekend where he spent one year as a player and three years as the offensive coordinator and talks about the experiences that helped shaped him as a coach."

Inside The Bills | Lawson has setback
"Manny is smart and a veteran guy so that’s why it’ll be day to day with him," said Marrone. "Wednesday when we worked him out in the afternoon it was a setback and (the hamstring) was not where we wanted it to be."

Inside The Bills | Lewis settling in at quarterback
"Very comfortable," said Lewis. "Every day is routine now. You’re going out and throwing with the guys, you even talk about things that you see that they might not see, to try to get on the same page. So it’s becoming routine and it’s becoming a habit, and we’re jelling together."

Inside The Bills | Bills lead NFL in possessions
"The Bills may ranks 29th in the league in time of possession, but Buffalo has had more opportunities with the football than any other team in the league."

Mario’s superlative season a threat to record books - Sports - The Buffalo News
"I think he’s playing at a high level right now. He’s healthy and any time that you have a player of his magnitude that’s healthy, he’s expected to play at a high level," former Bills great Bruce Smith said in a phone interview this week with The Buffalo News. "He puts the pressure on himself, and it’s nice to see him being in the position that he’s in, and being able to perform."

Marcell Dareus on his way to destroying last year's stat line - Bills Blitz
"Dareus is on pace to obliterate his stats from last year, when he finished with 26 tackles, five for losses and 5.5 sacks. Through seven games, he has 34 tackles, three for losses and four sacks."

Video: Bills take on Saints in what could be blowout loss - Bills Blitz
"News Sports Reporters Tim Graham, Mark Gaughan and Jerry Sullivan agree that the defensive game will be key in Sunday's game against the Saints."

Inside Edge: Bills at Saints - ESPN Video - ESPN
"ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando delivers some stats to help you make a pick for Buffalo at New Orleans."

Double Coverage: Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints - ESPN
"However, the Bills have proven to be a tough out. They're coming off of a 23-21 victory at Miami. All but one of their games has been decided by a touchdown or less. And they'll bring one of the NFL's most disruptive pass rushes into the Superdome, led by Mario Williams."

Sport Science: Never Say Never - ESPN Video - ESPN
"John Brenkus breaks down the way that Mario Williams was able to force a fumble that led to a game-winning field goal for the Bills."

Has Mario Williams met Buffalo Bills' expectations? - ESPN
"Much of that hinges on how a sack is valued. Some say it's a deceiving stat, sometimes the product of a player being in the right place at the right time, or an offensive lineman blowing his assignment. Others argue that it's an effective measure of defensive pressure, a momentum-disrupting play that can instill fear in an opposing quarterback."

PFT One-on-one: Jackson believes it’s his job to protect the quarterback | ProFootballTalk
"Bills RB Fred Jackson joins Erik Kuselias to talk about the Buffalo Bills season thus far, what it’s like to play with multiple quarterbacks in a season and his tenure in Buffalo."

Another branch of Sean Payton's coaching tree coming to town Sunday -
Payton: "I had a chance to interview him and felt really, really comfortable with his expertise and his ability to teach. That initial staff was pretty special and he is someone that I’ve stayed in close touch with throughout the years when he went to Syracuse and now to Buffalo. He is doing a good job there."

Doug Marrone, Kyle Williams quotes from Wednesday conference calls -
"Buffalo Bills Coach Doug Marrone and defensive tackle Kyle Williams spoke with New Orleans media via conference call on Wednesday, October 23"