Free safety Mark Kelso, who has been on the Buffalo Bills' injured reserve list since suffering a fractured and dislocated left ankle Oct. 7, hopes to be activated for Saturday's game against the New York Giants.
Kelso practiced fully Wednesday for the first time since he sustained the injuries in the Bills' victory over the Los Angeles Raiders.
Although the ankle wasn't "100 percent" healed, he said it felt good and he was happy with the results of the workout.
"It would be nice to maybe ease back into it," Kelso said. "I don't know if it (the ankle) will be ready for me to start or anything. But I'd like to be ready if they would need me.
"I don't know what they (the coaches) are thinking right now. It just depends on how it goes the rest of the week."
Coach Marv Levy was non-committal about Kelso's status.
"We haven't discussed how we would employ him if he were active," Levy said. "We wouldn't activate him if he couldn't play. There wouldn't be any sense. We'll just see how he is tomorrow (today)."
If the Bills activate Kelso, it is possible they would make room for him on their 47-man roster by placing rookie cornerback David Pool, who has a knee injury, on injured reserve.
Meanwhile, the Bills list Pool and cornerback Kirby Jackson (hamstring) as questionable for the Giants game while linebackers Shane Conlan (knee) and Hal Garner (ankle) are probable.
The Giants list no players as injured.
Running back Robb Riddick, a member of the Bills' physically unable-to-perform list since the start of the season, has been practicing since last week.
Although Levy said he wasn't "contemplating" activating Riddick, he wouldn't rule out the possibility of doing so before the end ated for Giants game
of the season.
Riddick hasn't played since suffering a knee injury in the final preseason game in 1989.
The last regular-season encounter between the Bills and Giants came in a 1987 strike game, which the Bills won, 6-3, in overtime at Rich Stadium.
Levy recalls it as the "worst game ever played in the National Football League."
There were 26 penalties (for 258 yards), 16 punts, nine fumbles, five interceptions and five missed field-goal attempts.
"We brought (center) Will Grant back and he got six holding penalties in the first half," Levy said.
"So I talked to him at the half and I said, 'Will, you have six holding penalties.' And he said, 'For the amount I've been holding, that's good.' "
The Bills' final regular-season home game, Dec. 23 against the Miami Dolphins, officially is a sellout.
The fourth annual Bills players Holiday Food Basket program for the needy in the greater Buffalo area will be held Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at Flickinger's Annex Warehouse in Cheektowaga.
Kelso and assistant trainer Bud Carpenter are the organizers.