Owens shows progress on injured foot

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens took a step closer in recovering from a sprained toe after working out and catching passes in individuals drills during practice.

Coach Dick Jauron was encouraged by Owens' progress Thursday. He added it's possible the receiver will be cleared to start practicing fully next week. It was the third straight day Owens has worked out, and marked the most time he's practiced since jamming his foot in the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 9.

Owens has been ruled out from playing in a preseason game at Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Jauron all but ruled out Fred Jackson from playing after the running back missed his second practice with a sprained wrist. Tight end Derek Fine missed practice with a hamstring injury.