C.J. Spiller's status is uncertain

Though former Clemson star C.J. Spiller is a question mark, the Buffalo Bills are expected to have running back Fred Jackson ready to play against the New England Patriots this weekend.


Coach Chan Gailey provided the encouraging update Thursday after Jackson made it through his second consecutive day of practice since spraining his right knee in a season-opening loss at the New York Jets on Sept. 9.

Barring a setback, Gailey said he expects Jackson to play Sunday.

Gailey was far more cautious when discussing Spiller’s status after the running back hurt his left shoulder in a 24-14 win at Cleveland last weekend.

Spiller returned to practice on Thursday, but worked only on a limited basis.

LIONS: Quarterback Matthew Stafford returned to practice and appears healthy enough to play in Week 4.

The former Georgia star joined teammates on the field Thursday morning, a day after sitting out with an injured right hip.

SEAHAWKS: Seattle’s Golden Tate now concedes that he did indeed push Green Bay defender Sam Shields, as was clearly visible in the replay, on the final play of Monday’s controversial finish.

“I’m not going to deny pushing him,” he said. “The evidence shows on the film. But I never had intentions on cheating. I wasn’t trying to cheat. I was competing, it was in the moment.”

Things are happening so quick. I honestly didn’t even notice I did. I didn’t try to hurt him or push him down to the ground, but it happened. It was just a reaction kind of thing. … At that point, it was just like backyard football - find a way to get the ball. I didn’t intentionally try to shove him to the ground.”