Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson is expected to return to practice this week, increasing the likelihood that he will play against the New England Patriots.
Jackson suffered a knee injury in the season opener and said Monday that he is 70 to 75 percent sure he'll return against the Patriots this Sunday.
Jackson was expected to be sidelined at least three weeks and a possible return would be perfect timing for the Bills after running back C.J. Spiller left Sunday's 24-14 win over the Cleveland Browns with a shoulder injury.
Bills coach Chan Gailey said Spiller's injury isn't as bad as originally thought and hadn't declared him out for Sunday's key AFC East showdown.