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JACKSON START TO PUT BILLS NEAR FULL STRENGTH; COLTS GET THREE BACK ON DEFENSE

The Bills expect to be close to full strength for today's game against the Indianapolis Colts, even though Bruce Smith (knee), center Kent Hull (groin) and starting cornerback Nate Odomes (groin) missed practice time this week because of their injuries. All should play today.

Cornerback Kirby Jackson, who has not been able to go a complete game since the first New England game Oct. 28, also is ready to start.

Starting nose tackle Jeff Wright is questionable with a shoulder injury. Should he sit out, the Bills are likely to start backup Gary Baldinger. Rookie cornerback David Pool may dress but be held out as a precaution because of the knee injury he suffered against Philadelphia last week.

Colts defensive end Jon Hand will be out with a knee injury. However, Indianapolis welcomes three defensive players back.

Nose tackle Harvey Armstrong will return to the starting lineup after a four-week absence. Armstrong is coming off the injured reserve list after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery for an injury suffered against the New York Giants Nov. 5.

How long Armstrong can go is the question. He did not practice Friday because the knee was sore. Tony Siragusa, a rookie from Pitt, backs him up.

Also expected to return to action is linebacker Fredd Young, who missed the last two games with a hip injury.

Two other Colts who have been hampered by injuries, defensive end Donnell Thompson (foot) and left cornerback Chris Good (neck), also are expected to start.
According to the NFL, the Bills' offense is the league's most efficient.

Buffalo is scoring 8.76 points for every 100 yards of offense, the best ratio in the league.

Defensively, the Bills are fifth in efficiency. They are allowing 5.62 points for every 100 yards they give up.

The New York Giants lead in defensive efficiency, allowing 4.99 points per 100 yards.
The NBC telecast of today's game will be blacked out in Indianapolis because more than 5,000 tickets remained unsold at 1 p.m. Thursday, 72 hours before the game.

Hoosier Dome capacity is 60,127. The Colts have had only three sellouts in their six home games to date.
Bills guard Jim Ritcher will be alone in fifth place on the team's games-played list after today's game, the 162nd of his career.

He currently is tied with former Buffalo offensive tackle Ken Jones. Only Joe Devlin, Steve Freeman, Joe Ferguson and Fred Smerlas have played more games for Buffalo than Ritcher.

The 11-year veteran is six games behind Ferguson and Smerlas, who stand tied for third with 168 games.

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