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C.J. Spiller to test ankle early this week


Three weeks removed from sustaining the injury C.J. Spiller got a Sunday off to rest what has been a persistent ankle problem. On Monday head coach Doug Marrone made it easier to understand why Spiller's injury has lingered as long as it has.

"It's a high ankle (sprain), which is normally a little bit worse than the other ones," said Marrone.

The official diagnosis certainly explains why Spiller has struggled to get back to full strength. High ankle sprains can sometimes take four to six weeks to heal without playing in games. Spiller appeared in the two games prior to Sunday's game at New Orleans.

The rest Sunday however, may prove to be valuable for Spiller's recovery.

"With C.J. we're going to test it out Monday or Tuesday," said Marrone.

The results of Spiller's workout with the athletic training staff will map out the level of activity Spiller will have for the bulk of the practice week. From there a determination will be made on his status for Sunday's game against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.

Lawson status also up in the airManny Lawson, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, was another player where Marrone did not want to pass judgment yet.

"I'm going to wait," said Marrone. "I think there's a good chance (for a return), Manny especially. Right before the game (Sunday) he thought he felt really good and might've been able to go. So that's a good sign."

Lawson was listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against New Orleans after experiencing a setback last week.

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