For the first time in almost three weeks Marshawn Lynch participated in practice with his teammates. Lynch took second team reps behind Fred Jackson during individual drills and looked good cutting off his injured left ankle.
"Marshawn was limited today, but we've listed him as out," said head coach Dick Jauron. "He did a little bit and that was encouraging, but he won't play this week."
Lynch has been pushing himself every day since the injury.
"I'm trying to get out there every second I can," said Lynch. "If I can run, I feel I can play. But they're doing a good job of protecting (me) against me."
This will be the third game that Lynch misses since the injury as the Bills have not won without him.
"It's always tough and you know you're teammates are out there giving all they've got and your just sitting there, not able to do nothing to help them," said Lynch. "That's hard but it's something that I have to work through."
Thinning Buffalo's running back corps even further will be the absence of Anthony Thomas who is out with a torn muscle behind his knee. Even though the injury is listed as a calf, it is not his calf muscle that is torn.
The Bills enter the game with just two healthy running backs in Fred Jackson and Dwayne Wright, but Jauron feels it can be done.
"We went through most of last season with just two running backs active," said Jauron. "So it can be done."
The emergency option at running back appears to be Josh Reed, who took some reps at running back in practice this week.
"Josh would be an option," said Jauron. "We worked him there. He's played there in his past."
Reed came to LSU as a running back before being converted to a wide receiver.
Kelsay, two others out Sunday
In addition to Lynch and Thomas, starting defensive end Chris Kelsay will not play Sunday bringing an end to his streak of consecutive games played.
Kelsay had not missed a game since he was drafted in the second round by the Bills in 2003 playing in 75 straight contests. Ryan Denney is expected to start in his place.
Linebacker Coy Wire and cornerback Jerametrius Butler will not play either as they are suffering from a neck stinger and calf injury respectively.