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Games-played streaks in jeopardy for C.J. Spiller, Manny Lawson


Two of the Buffalo Bills who didn't practice Wednesday are
at risk of having long consecutive-games streaks snapped.

C.J. Spiller (ankle) has the NFL's fifth-longest streak for
a running back:

  • Justin Forsett, Jacksonville
    Jaguars 82
  • Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans 71
  • Anthony Dixon, San
    Francisco 49ers 55
  • Toby Gerhart,
    Minnesota Vikings 53
  • C.J. Spiller, Buffalo
    Bills 44

Bills coach Doug Marrone suggested Wednesday he might make
the decision to hold Spiller out of Sunday's game against the New Orleans
Saints in the Superdome.

Marrone said Spiller's ankle had gotten worse compared to
the same point last week. Spiller, however, told Buffalo News columnist Jerry Sullivan
the ankle felt "10 times better."

Linebacker Manny Lawson (hamstring) also has the NFL's
fifth-longest streak at his position:

  • London
    Fletcher, Washington 246
  • Stephen Tulloch, Detroit
    Lions 119
  • Chad
    Greenway, Minnesota
    Vikings 102
  • Curtis Lofton, New
    Orleans Saints 86
  • Manny Lawson, Buffalo
    Bills 81

Marrone said Wednesday he expected Lawson to play Sunday, but the team wasn't ready to say so definitively.

Fletcher's streak began on opening day of his rookie season
-- not bad for an undrafted Ohio Athletic Conference player -- and includes five
seasons with the Bills.

Fletcher's streak is the longest for any position in the NFL
by a vast margin. That includes punters and kickers.

Next closest is Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne,
whose streak will end this week because of a season-ending knee injury. Wayne has played 57 fewer
consecutive games, the equivalent of 3.6 seasons.

Other streaks of note:

  • Baltimore Ravens cornerback and Turner-Carroll alum Corey Graham is second at 100 games (two behind Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay).
  • Former Bills special-teamer John Wendling is second among safeties at 101 games (two behind Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin).
  • Former Bills guard Andy Levitre is fourth (third in consecutive starts) at 71 games.
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    Bills and CJ SPILLER are going to CRUSH the Saints. CJ SPILLER IS AWESOME! Go BILLS!

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About the reporters

Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida.