Tonawanda News


November 19, 2012

Bills getting healthy


Tonawanda News — Coach Chan Gailey said Jackson is expected to complete his NFL-mandated post-concussion tests on Tuesday, which would clear him to return to practice the following day.

"Everything's on track for him to be ready to go Wednesday," Gailey said. "He says he's feeling well."

Jackson attended a morning walk-through and then watched the afternoon practice from the sideline. NFL rules exempted him from speaking to reporters — or hosting his weekly TV show broadcast on Monday night — because of his concussion. Jackson did appear to be in an upbeat mood after he playfully grabbed a teammate in a headlock while heading out the locker room door.

The mood is significantly brighter in Buffalo since the win over Miami. The Bills snapped a three-game skid and won for only the second time in seven games to stay in the fringes of the AFC playoff hunt.

With six games left, Buffalo is in the mix of five teams at 4-6, with only three teams ahead of them competing for the conference's two wild card playoff spots. Indianapolis and Pittsburgh are both 6-4, while Cincinnati's 5-5.

That's enough for the Bills to believe they've got a shot, while acknowledging they've left themselves very little margin for error.

"Last week, it was keeping the season alive, and it's the same thing now," receiver Stevie Johnson said. "If we win, we know we still have hope of the playoffs."

Getting healthier is a switch for a team that's previously unraveled because of injuries. That includes last year, when a mounting number of injuries led to the Bills losing eight of their last nine following a 5-2 start.

Knock on wood, Gailey's hoping the trend reverses this year.

"When you can start to get healthy toward the end, that's always big," Gailey said. "And if we can continue to do that, and we don't lose any more, that bodes well for us."

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