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Fred Jackson aims to return to Bills vs. Patriots

With Sunday's game against the New England Patriots looming, the Buffalo Bills are busy sorting out who -- if anyone -- will start in their banged-up backfield.

C.J. Spiller was injured during last Sunday's 24-14 win over the Cleveland Browns. But according to's Jason La Canfora, he might just miss a week or two.

La Canfora also reported the third-year pro has a sprained acromioclavicular joint, not a separated shoulder. Bills coach Chan Gailey said the injury isn't as grave as it appeared, and he hasn't ruled out Spiller for Week 4, but his return is unlikely.

La Canfora believes Fred Jackson will play Sunday, and that falls in line with comments from the Bills veteran.

"I like my chances," Jackson told the team's official website Monday, placing his status at 70 to 75 percent. "If we like what we see, then I'll be out there Sunday."

Jackson hasn't played since suffering a knee injury in the Bills' season-opening loss to the New York Jets, but he said the Patriots game always was seen as the targeted return date.

The Bills went into the season with the challenge of splitting carries between Jackson and Spiller. That hasn't been a problem so far.

We've seen how dangerous this Bills team can be when these players are on the field. Gailey has done an effective job of creating space for his running backs in Buffalo's spread offense, and even Tashard Choice looked like a different player against Cleveland. The Bills are a running back's paradise in this scheme -- if they can stay on the field.

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