C.J. Spiller, Bills 'on same page'

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller did not participate in his second consecutive practice Thursday but said there is "no feud" with coach Doug Marrone about the condition of his injured ankle.

"I have no problem with Coach Marrone," Spiller said. "I think we have a great relationship. Concerning my injury, I think we're both on the same page. He wants what's best for me, and he also wants what's best for this team. He's going to make the right decision. And I'm going to back him. So there's definitely no feud, no miscommunication."

Marrone and Spiller gave two separate assessments of Spiller's lingering ankle injury Wednesday. Spiller said it was "10 times better" than last week, while Marrone said Spiller's health had "probably not" improved, suggesting the Bills may choose not to play him Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

"He doesn't feel as good -- in my opinion, [although] he might say it -- as far as how he's looked," Marrone said Thursday.

Spiller was limited to six carries for 11 yards Sunday and has played sparingly since spraining his ankle in a Week 4 victory against the Baltimore Ravens.

"I think that's where me and Coach are on the same page. Speed and quickness, that's 98 percent of my game. If I'm not able to go out there and make a guy miss with my quickness, it works in their favor," Spiller said. "But to me, I can outrun a lot of guys with a bad ankle. But just the quickness and the cutting part is the hurdle that I have to climb over."

Spiller was in a helmet for the start of Thursday's practice, taking part in individual drills before working with the strength staff when the team began positional drills.

"I thought during individual drills I was able to do a lot of stuff without even a limp. That really surprised me," Spiller said. "So everything is pointing up in the north direction."

Running back Fred Jackson, who sat out Wednesday's practice with a knee injury, was upgraded to limited participation in Thursday's practice.