Inside linebacker Nigel Bradham is aiming to test his ankle this week at practice in team drills with an eye on returning Sunday against the Washington Redskins.
He said his high ankle sprain is at about "75-80 percent" and he's been able to run more.
While coach Rex Ryan indicated cornerback Stephon Gilmore and tight end Charles Clay (back) could be shelved for the season, Bradham has a shot to finish this out.
"When you love the game… I always want to play," Bradham said. "I believe it’s a great opportunity for me to be able to help my teammates and go out there and try to get a win."
Even with playoff hopes all eliminated. Players are starting to use the words "next" and "year" more often in the wake of Sunday's 23-20 loss to Philadelphia.
"Just to finish up what we started," Bradham said. "Not quitting, pretty much being able to just go out there and finish. Finish the season with a winning record, and get ready for next year."
An outside linebacker in Jim Schwartz's 4-3 defense, Bradham has played inside under Ryan with 59 tackles, one sack, three pass break-ups and no interceptions/forced fumbles through 11 games. He'll be an unrestricted free agent after the season, along with a host of others.
Asked if he envisions himself in Buffalo next season, Bradham said he does.
"I'll always envision that," he said. "I'm here now so I'm hoping that I'll be here again next year. But it's one of those things you never know. I just look forward to being here."