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Bills should be healthy coming out of bye week

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Bills head coach Doug Marrone said today running back Fred Jackson would be able to play Sunday -- if the team had a game.

The Bills don't, of course, as they head into the bye in Week 12, giving Jackson and Co. plenty of time to heal up before Buffalo's next game, which comes Dec. 1 against Atlanta in Toronto.

"He's fine. No problems at all," Marrone said of Jackson, who suffered a left knee injury against during the Bills' 37-14 win over the New York Jets on Sunday, but was able to return to the lineup. "He would be able to play this week."

Marrone also sounded optimistic about the chances of both his starting receivers, Stevie Johnson (groin) and Robert Woods (ankle), playing against the Falcons. They both sat out Sunday.

Woods told The Buffalo News earlier in the day his plan was to return to the lineup in the Rogers Centre. That would mean the Bills would have all 53 players on their roster healthy enough to play.

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining NFL.com 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.