Tonawanda News — ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay is set to return after missing two games with a partially torn ligament in his neck. And running back Fred Jackson could soon be ready for action, too.
The Bills' bulging list of injured players is suddenly growing shorter, and just in time for a team attempting to mount a late-season playoff push.
"We're pretty healthy I think for the most part, and we've got some other guys that are coming off injuries," Kelsay said Monday before he returned to practice for the first time in nearly two weeks. "If we can win these ballgames coming down the stretch, and get healthy to make a push for the playoffs, that's huge."
Kelsay declared himself ready to play in revealing the nature of the injury that's sidelined the 10-year veteran since Nov. 8, when he felt something pop in his neck while he was pushing a sled in practice.
With 10 days' rest, Kelsay feels significantly better, and added he's been assured by team doctors that he doesn't risk further damage.
"Structurally, everything's sound," Kelsay said, describing the injury as a minor tear. "I definitely plan on playing. ... I have a lot of confidence that it's not going to slow me down."
Kelsay was limited to taking part in only individual drills in practice Monday, when the Bills returned from an extended weekend break following their 19-14 win over Miami on Thursday. If all goes well, Kelsay expects to practice Wednesday and be ready for Sunday, when the Bills (4-6) play at Indianapolis (6-4).
The Bills are already depleted at defensive end, with starter Mark Anderson (left knee) expected to miss at least one more game since having surgery.
The news is promising for Jackson, too, after the running back missed last week's game since sustaining a concussion in the final minutes of a 37-31 loss at New England on Nov. 11.