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Spiller and Merriman to miss next Bills game

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C.J. Spiller’s disappointing rookie year suffered a setback in Buffalo’s first win of the season when Spiller hurt his hamstring.

The injury is expected to keep Spiller out of this week’s game against the Bengals.  Newly acquired linebacker Shawne Merriman is also expected to be out with his Achilles injury, and defensive end Spencer Johnson will be out with a hamstring injury.

Merriman is running out of time to rehab his free agent value, while Spiller is still trying to show the explosiveness that made him a top-ten pick in the draft.  Spiller has been a very good return man, but his troubles in pass protection have kept him off the field.

Spiller has only 245 yards from scrimmage in nine games this year.   Jahvid Best easily leads an underwhelming crop of rookie running backs thus far with 740 yards from scrimmage.

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5 Responses to “Spiller and Merriman to miss next Bills game”
  1. joetoronto says: Nov 16, 2010 12:47 PM

    The best back in Buffalo is Jackson, Spiller is a bust.

  2. icanspeel says: Nov 16, 2010 12:59 PM

    And some people wondered why the Chargers cut Merriman

  3. ejtowne says: Nov 16, 2010 1:28 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Nov 16, 2010 12:47 PM
    The best back in Buffalo is Jackson, Spiller is a bust.

    You are right about Jackson being the best back in Buffalo but, by no means would I consider CJ Spiller a bust.
    Chan Gailey hasn’t put CJ out there enough yet to be talking bust. The biggest problem he has is his Pass Protection. Other than that, he is a great receiving back with extremely good kick-off returning skills. I’m not sure he was worth a top ten pick in the draft but, he has a great future ahead of him whether that is in Buffalo or wherever he may be.

  4. norton20 says: Nov 16, 2010 3:03 PM

    Spiller isn’t a bust but clearly an unneeded luxury. Who in their right mind watches the 2009 Bills and says “we need a 3rd running back”. Oh and let’s take him first. My god, this team has aching needs on both lines and at linebacker and they draft a little play toy. That is why they are where they are.

  5. brasho says: Nov 16, 2010 6:59 PM

    The best rookie RB by far is LeGarrette Blount. The guy’s only gotten serious snaps in the last 4 games and he is the leading rookie rusher with 359 yards… not to mention the most rushing TDs amongst rookies as well. Blount should approach 900 yards rushing this year despite only playing in a little over half of his teams’ games.

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