Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson was back on the field and practicing Wednesday afternoon, as the Bills prepared for Sunday’s game at Indianapolis.
Jackson sat out last week’s game against Miami with a concussion.
“They did everything they had to in order to get me cleared,” Jackson said before practice. “It is a good feeling to get back out there with my teammates and try to get this thing started.”
Bills coach Chan Gailey said C.J. Spiller will start at running back against the Colts.
“C.J. will start but we are still going to play Fred,” Gailey said. “It takes two. It does. Fred will get quite a few snaps, but C.J. will start and get the majority of the snaps.”
The Bills likely will need good production out of their running back duo.
The Colts have a productive offense, ranking fourth in the league in yards gained. The Colts’ defense ranks 22nd in the league against the run and is 29th in yards per rush. Buffalo is fourth in rush average, at 5.2 yards a carry.
Meanwhile, Bills fullback Corey McIntyre left practice early due to a sore knee. Gailey said he expected McIntyre to be OK to play in the game.
Not practicing were defensive end Mark Anderson (knee), cornerbacks Aaron Williams (knee) and Ron Brooks (teeth) and defensive tackle Kyle Williams (ankle). Gailey said Brooks had an emergency dental procedure. “Hopefully he’ll be back in the next day or so,” Gailey said.
The Colts are in relatively good health. Defensive end Corry Redding (hip) sat out but is expected to play.
Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians talked to Buffalo-area reporters via conference call on how often he speaks with Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, who is on leave while battling leukemia.
“We have daily conversations, texts back and forth and talks,” Arians said. “He’s got all the tapes and he’s watching them at home — and practices and the games. He and I talk about the team and different personnel moves. His presence is always here. His light is on in his office and will never be turned out until he comes back. That is the signal that it’s his football team.”
More than two dozen Bills players, coaches and staff went the Food Bank of Western New York on Tuesday to personally deliver the meals and spend time visiting with families. More than 600 families came to pick up their meals, with the other 300 meals to be delivered later. Each meal was packed to feed a family of eight to 10, and each family was pre-selected by the Food Bank.
The effort was spearheaded by Bills strength and conditioning coach John Gamble. Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. and his wife, Mary, made a $10,000 donation to the Food Bank for the Thanksgiving drive.
Bills return man Leodis McKelvin was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance Thursday night against the Dolphins. The first time the Bills touched the ball, McKelvin returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown.
It was the Bills’ only touchdown in a 19-14 home victory. McKelvin became the first Bills player to return a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns in the same season.
The Bills signed linebacker Greg Lloyd to the practice squad and released offensive lineman Reggie Stephens. Lloyd, the son of a former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker of the same name, was a seventh-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011. He’s a 6-foot-1, 247-pounder from the University of Connecticut. He was released by the Colts in September.