| Spiller "fine" after retweaking ankle -- Mon Dec 2 6:30 pm --|
Removed himself several times in Week 13
|C.J. Spiller’s 2013 season can be summed up by his Sunday afternoon in the Rogers Centre. The Buffalo Bills’ running back was at times ineffective, at times electrifying, and at times hurt during his team’s 34-31 overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Spiller carried 15 times for a season-high 149 yards and a touchdown, but once again had to check himself out of the lineup periodically to get his left ankle looked at.
Spiller said his ankle was “fine” after the game, but he was noticeably limping at times. (Buffalo News)|
FF Today's Take: Perhaps if Spiller had rested himself for a few weeks after he initially suffered his high-ankle sprain, he would already be the back he was drafted to be. With this problem cropping up again after the bye week, howver, Spiller cannot be trusted as anything beyond a low-end flex for the rest of the season. As a result, Fred Jackson stands a great chance to be a fantasy playoff stud with games against Tampa Bay, Miami and Jacksonville on tap.
| Spiller not on injury report -- Wed Nov 6 1:30 pm --|
Head coach indicates Spiller's injury is behind him
|C.J. Spiller is no longer on the injury report and Marrone implied the injury is behind the HB. He's excited to get Spiller more touches. (Joe Buscaglia)|
FF Today's Take: Spiller rushed for 116 yards on 12 carries last week against the Chiefs but came up limping at the end of a couple runs. In any case, Spiller is expected to see more touches and will be a borderline RB2 as he shares carries with Fred Jackson.
| Spiller Probable, expected to play -- Fri Nov 1 5:30 pm --|
Practiced on Friday
|Bills coach Doug Marrone also announced today running back C.J. Spiller is probable after being held out of last week's loss to the New Orleans Saints with an ankle injury. (Buffalo News)|
FF Today's Take: Spiller was able to practice all week and should be a go for Sunday against the Chiefs. He'll share time with Fred Jackson and be in the mix for FLEX consideration in Week 9.
| Spiller doubtful, ankle injury -- Fri Oct 25 12:50 pm --|
Bills RB missed practice this week
|C.J. Spiller and Manny Lawson are listed as doubtful for Sunday. Jeff Tuel will be the backup QB. (Buffalo Bills via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Expect Spiller to be on the Inactive list for Week 8. Fred Jackson will start and Tashard Choice will fill the backup role.
|Spiller held out of practice on Thursday -- Thu Oct 24 3:05 pm --|
RB claims ankle "10 times better"
|C.J. Spiller says his ankle injury is improving despite comments from coach Doug Marrone earlier Wednesday to the contrary. When asked whether Spiller's sprained ankle is healthier than at this point last week, Marrone said, "Probably not as well." A few minutes later, Spiller told a different story to reporters in the locker room.
"A whole lot better. Ten times better," Spiller said when asked the same question. "There's a couple more hurdles that I need to pass over before I'm 100 percent. I definitely feel a whole lot better today than I did last Wednesday." (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Spiller owners would just as soon see him take a week off now if it meant he could get over his "hurdles". On Wednesday, Marrone went on to say, "At the end of the day, we have to make a good decision and see where he's at, because we just need to him to get over this hump. We haven't been able to do that for three weeks." Look for Marrone to do the right thing and sit Spiller this week, meaning Fred Jackson will start and Tashard Choice could have a bit of fantasy value.
| Spiller "much better" than last week -- Thu Oct 10 4:30 pm --|
Extra rest has helped ankle injury
|C.J. Spiller gutted it out last Thursday night in what wound up being a part time role against the Browns. With the extra days of rest over the weekend and plenty of treatment Spiller, though still limited in practice, is doing more on his ailing ankle. That according to head coach Doug Marrone following Thursday’s practice.
“Much better than last week,” said Marrone of Spiller’s ability to elude would-be tacklers. ”He’s moving on it and cutting on it. Those are the things he wasn’t able to do last week on it. He’s progressed quite well. We’re excited.” (BuffaloBills.com)|
FF Today's Take: Spiller was still listed as limited on Thursday, but this is encouraging news nonetheless. Spiller saw all of six touches in last Thursday's loss to the Browns. Fred Jackson has taken over passing-down duties and goal-line work for the most part, however, so Spiller is more of a low-end RB2/high-end flex at this point, especially in a difficult matchup this week against the Bengals.
| Spiller, Jackson active for TNF -- Thu Oct 3 6:45 pm --|
Bills will have both RBs available tonight
|The Cleveland Browns will see C.J. Spiller on Thursday.
The Buffalo Bills have confirmed that the running back has made enough progress in his recovery from an ankle injury to play in the opening game of Week 5. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Both Spiller and Fred Jackson will be shaky flex plays this week against a very difficult Browns run defense.
| C.J. Spiller limited Wednesday -- Wed Oct 2 5:00 pm --|
Questionable for Thursday night
|Three days after injuring his ankle, Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller is questionable to play Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns.
Spiller was upgraded to limited participation in Wednesday's practice after not practicing Monday or Tuesday. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Fred Jackson (knee) is expected to play against the Browns. Spiller will be a gametime decision and Spiller owners should have plan B in place.
| Fred Jackson, Spiller could both play -- Mon Sep 30 3:20 pm --|
Jackson expects to play, Spiller's ankle not very swollen
|Fred Jackson was open in revealing the nature of his knee injury Sunday against the Ravens, as he managed to finish the game on a rotational basis Sunday with C.J. Spiller.
Jackson said despite his most recent injury he expects to play Thursday night.
“I sprained my MCL again, but it’s not as significant,” said Jackson in reference to the knee injury that forced him to miss two games last season. ”Something that we can manage and I expect to play. I’m sore, but I’ll be all right, ready to go.” (BuffaloBills.com)|
FF Today's Take: Spiller was also hurt earlier in the game, although his status for Week 5 seems a bit more dicey. However, NFL Network's Albert Breer reported that he "has a chance" to play Thursday when his ankle was not as swollen as he expected it to be on Monday. Thanks to the Thursday game, owners won't be in the dark about which back(s) will be available, although Tashard Choice needs to be on rosters this week. The Bills ran the ball 55 times in their Week 4 win over Baltimore.
| Both Bills running backs injured -- Sun Sep 29 5:30 pm --|
Jackson knee, Spiller ankle
|Fred Jackson spent a good deal of time in the team’s training room after the game. When he finally emerged, he said he had suffered a torn MCL in his left knee. The same injury ended his 2012 season – to his right knee – but he said that this injury is not as significant. "I’m sore, but I’ll be ready to go. … It’s something that we can manage and I expect to play.” Starter C.J. Spiller suffered a left ankle injury Sunday. He had X-rays following the game.
“It wasn’t anything broken, that’s one thing they did say,” Spiller said, referring to the team’s training staff. “Structurally everything was good, so I think it might just be a sprain.” (Buffalo News)|
FF Today's Take: If Jackson truly sprained his MCL, he would be in danger of missing Thursday's game against the Browns. It sounds like Spiller is in more danger of missing Week 5 with his ankle injury. We'll have more updates on both backs as the week progresses. Tashard Choice could see more work if either are sidelined.
| Spiller back at practice -- Thu Sep 26 4:35 pm --|
Expected to play vs. Baltimore in Week 4
|The only other two players listed on the Bills' injury report were running back C.J. Spiller (foot), and guard Doug Legursky (knee). Each were a full participant, and Spiller should be fine for Sunday according to the head coach. The team is still working with Legursky and isn't sure if he'll be ready to play just yet. (WGR 550 SportsRadio)|
FF Today's Take: We're going to hope the "foot" mention was a typo because it was his quad that knocked him out of Week 3. At any rate, Spiller is a good buy-low candidate; only one team has given their backs more touches than the Bills. While he has plenty of difficult matchups ahead of him, Spiller's game-breaking ability is going to take oversooner or later. This week's opponent - the Ravens - gave up 4.1 YPC to a pair of backs in Houston that lack Spiller's explosiveness.
| Spiller ineffective, knee injury -- Sun Sep 22 9:00 pm --|
Expected to play in Week 4
|Bills running back C.J. Spiller has injured a knee and will not return.
Spiller was ineffective, gaining only 9 yards on 10 carries. (Buffalo News)|
FF Today's Take: Spiller is expected to play next week and it appears his injury was only minor. After three weeks, Spiller ranks 33rd among running backs with 19.4 fantasy points.