The final injury reports for Thursday night’s game are in and there will be a couple of key decisions for both sides to make before kickoff.
The Bills have listed running back C.J. Spiller (ankle), safety Jairus Byrd (foot) and cornerback Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) as questionable for the game. Spiller was injured in last weekend’s victory over the Ravens and said earlier this week that he’d be good to go if he felt 80-85 percent on Thursday. He was limited on Wednesday, as was McKelvin, but Byrd fully participated in practice for the second straight day. Byrd had not taken part in a full practice for the Bills this year until Tuesday.
Byrd’s said in the past that he’ll only play if he’s feeling 100 percent and Tim Graham of the Buffalo News said on Wednesday’s PFT Live that the decision rests with Byrd as to whether or not he’ll play on Thursday night. Running back Fred Jackson (knee) is probable for the Bills and likely in line for a bump in playing time whether or not Spiller is on the field.
On the Cleveland side, linebacker Jabaal Sheard (knee) is doubtful, leaving him a slim chance of playing for the first time since Week Three against the Vikings. Rookie Barkevious Mingo replaced him in the starting lineup. Guard Shawn Lauvao (ankle) is questionable after missing the first four games of the year. Defensive lineman Billy Winn (quad) is out, linebacker Quentin Groves (ankle) is doubtful and defensive end John Hughes (knee) is questionable.