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The Bills Friday activated free safety Mark Kelso from injured reserve, but there seems little likelihood he will play in today's game against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium.

To make room for Kelso on the 47-man roster, the Bills placed starting left cornerback Kirby Jackson on the injured reserve list. That means Jackson would not be eligible to return to the active roster until the Bills' second playoff game.

Kelso probably will be dressed for today's game because the Bills have only six other defensive backs on the roster. If he is on the 45-man roster for the game he probably would be used only in an emergency situation.

The deactivation of Jackson means that rookie J.D. Williams, the team's No. 1 draft pick, will make his third start of the season.

Jackson was first injured in Buffalo's victory over Cleveland when he suffered a pulled hamstring. The next week against Phoenix he aggravated the hamstring and suffered a knee injury which kept him out of the next game against New England. He started the next week at Houston but had to leave the game early when the leg did not feel right.

He played but did not start against Philadelphia. Last week, he started against Indianapolis but reinjured the hamstring when returning his third interception of the season. He was replaced by Williams and did not return to the game.

The knee injury that has troubled David Pool means recent acquisition Clifford Hicks will be counted on heavily today.

Hicks had six tackles, a sack and broke up a pass, which was intercepted, against Indianapolis. It was the first game of any kind he played in since he appeared in a wild-card playoff game for the Los Angeles Rams last Dec. 27, when he suffered a knee injury.

Tickets for today's game are tough to come by. During the week, scalpers were asking $125 per ticket. Normally scalpers get $50 for Giants tickets, according to New York fans.

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