Buffalo Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay returned to practice on a limited basis Monday after missing the last two games with what he revealed to be a torn ligament in his neck.
“I did it on the sled, just pushing the sled and felt a pop,” he said of the injury, which occurred in practice the Thursday before the New England game.
The injury, though, might not be as bad as it sounds. Kelsay made it through the individual portion of practice Monday and expects to be able to fully participate when the Bills get back to work Wednesday.
“It looked like it went well. We’ll find out what he can do Wednesday, but it looked promising,” coach Chan Gailey said.
Kelsay said the injury has started to feel much better with rest and has been assured by the team’s training staff, including Dr. Andrew Cappuccino, he’s not putting himself at additional risk of injury by playing.
“I definitely plan on playing, and hopefully it’s something that doesn’t even need to be addressed [in the offseason],” he said. “Hopefully, it’s something that time and rest will heal, and we’ll move forward. Structurally, everything’s sound.
“... So I’m not putting my body at any further risk by playing. It was just a matter of getting my range of motion back, not so much that I don’t hurt this injury again, but so I’m not in a vulnerable situation where I can hurt something else by not being able to see something coming.”
Running back Fred Jackson has not yet been cleared to resume football activities after suffering a concussion against the New England Patriots in Week 10, but that clearance could come as soon as today.
“Everything’s on track for him to be ready to go Wednesday,” Gailey said. “He says he’s feeling well.”
Cornerback Aaron Williams sounds unlikely to play against Indianapolis, however.
“I doubt he makes it this week, but he’s still working. We haven’t ruled he or Mark [Anderson] out at this point, but they’ll have a hard time.”
Wide receiver Brad Smith and defensive end Spencer Johnson were given the day off for rest. Smith has a nagging hamstring issue, while Gailey said Johnson has “multiple things, just kind of beat up.”
Both are expected back Wednesday.
Gailey indicated the team will place second-year tight end Mike Caussin on injured reserve. Caussin started the season on the unable-to-perform list as he rehabbed from surgery on his right knee.
The team faced a Monday deadline to either activate Caussin or place him on IR.
“He practiced for three weeks and he never got appreciably better,” Gailey said. “He told me in his own words he was 75 to 80 percent, and that’s not good enough. We weren’t going to release him, so we just put him on IR.”
Gailey closed the door on any possibility of Tarvaris Jackson playing this season, barring injury.
“That’s not going to happen this year. It can’t happen. We just don’t have enough time to get that done and enough reps to get him where he needs to be,” the coach said Monday morning on his weekly appearance on WGR Radio.
Gailey, though, indicated the Bills would have an interest in bringing Jackson back. His contract expires after this season.
News Sports Reporter Tim Graham contributed to this report.