Gailey: Barring setback Jackson will play


Fred Jackson participated on a limited basis for a second straight day of practice on Thursday, but he only had a moment in passing to say a few words before heading to the training room for treatment.

"I feel good," he said. "It went well."

Head coach Chan Gailey was encouraged by second day of work for his feature back, and believes barring any setbacks that Jackson will play against the Patriots on Sunday.

"Fred worked and worked well today and didn't seem to have any residual effect negatively from yesterday," said Gailey. "He was in at the very end of practice so I think if we make it through the next couple of days and things continue to improve then he'll have the opportunity to play."

Prior to practice Jackson admitted his knee was a bit more sore than he had hoped when he rolled out of bed Thursday morning.

"I'm more disappointed in the way that it feels," he said. "I still want to play and still want to get out there. Again I've got to get cleared by people and that's the goal. I still think I can play and I still want to play. It's just going to be about how much I can play."

Spiller practicesC.J. Spiller was a surprise participant at practice Thursday after only doing conditioning work with athletic trainers on the side Wednesday. Spiller is just four days removed from a sprained shoulder injury that forced him from the Cleveland game last Sunday in the first quarter.

"It felt good to get back on the practice field," said Spiller. "I haven't been on the playing field since Kansas City. I played a little bit in the first quarter against Cleveland, but it just felt good to get back out there and put the shoulder pads back on. I did what I could. They did a good job of letting me make sure I'm staying in the right direction."

"He did okay," said Gailey. "He took a few reps. He didn't take a lot, but he took a few and he got back into the swing of things. We didn't go out there and do tackling drills with him, but it looked like he was moving well. It looked like all of his range of motion was there. We'll see where it takes us."

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