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|Spiller spent the first year and a half of his career making Bills management look like fools for using the 9th pick in the 2010 rookie draft to acquire him. However, Fred Jackson’s season-ending leg injury thrust Spiller into the starting lineup and he played far better than anyone could have anticipated over the balance of the season. After a poor performance in his first game as a starter, Spiller accumulated 446 yards rushing, 187 receiving yards and scored five touchdowns over his last six games, hitting double-digit fantasy points four times. That means Spiller has solidified his standing as the Bills running back of the future. What it doesn’t mean is that he has earned a huge role in 2012. Jackson was a beast when healthy in 2011 and signed a two-year contract extension in the offseason. The expectation is that he will get the majority of the touches in the Bills backfield but that Spiller’s use won’t be as minimal as it was when Jackson was healthy. Consider Spiller a high-end RB4 with upside.
|Cardinals likely to eye RB in free agency -- Mon Jan 5 4:15 pm --|
Had interest in C.J. Spiller before shoulder injury
|The Cardinals had interest (in C.J. Spiller) before the trade deadline, (but he) got hurt. They'll likely sign a RB in free agency. (Mike Jurecki on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: News that Arizona might be looking for a running back in the draft or free agency isn't exactly earth-shattering, but it is notable the Cards entertained the possibility of adding Spiller, whose game is quite similar to Andre Ellington's. Either way, keep Arizona in mind for Spiller in the likely event that he hits free agency.
| C.J. Spiller activated off IR/designated to return -- Mon Dec 15 4:15 pm --|
Readiness for Week 16 will be determined in practice
|Bills HC Doug Marrone: C.J. Spiller (clavicle) is cleared to return and will be added to the active roster. His readiness for return will be gauged this week. (Buffalo Bills on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Even though the Bills are fighting for a playoff spot, it seems unlikely that Spiller will see much - if any - action in Week 16 after missing the previous seven games. Expect another heavy workload for Fred Jackson for at least one more week, with Bryce Brown, Anthony Dixon and maybe Spiller pitching in against Oakland.
| Fred Jackson not practicing on Monday -- Mon Nov 3 3:10 pm --|
Halfway through expected 2-4 week recovery for groin injury
|Bills RB Fred Jackson missed Buffalo’s Week 8 game with a groin injury suffered in Week 7 against Minnesota. He’s been getting treatment and rehabbing throughout the bye week and is hoping to return sooner rather than later.
Bills HC Doug Marrone will provide an update this afternoon on Jackson’s chances to return to the lineup this week. (BuffaloBills.com)|
FF Today's Take: Bills beat writer Joe Buscaglia tweeted that Jackson did not practice on Monday, which is hardly surprising for a 33-year-old running back just over two weeks into an injury recovery that is expected to take up to four weeks. Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon will continue to hold down the fort in his absence, but Jackson has high-end RB2 potential down the stretch in a C.J. Spiller-less backfield.