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Browns draw closer after Spiller injury

Trent Richardson AP

The Bills have announced that running back C.J. Spiller won’t return to the game following a shoulder injury he suffered early in the team’s game against the Browns.

Up until Spiller left the game, it looked like the Bills were on their way to a rout. Since then, it looks like we’re going to be in for a much closer matchup. The Bills lead 14-7 at the half, but they haven’t scored since Spiller left the game.

One drive ended when an apparent Ryan Fitzpatrick incompletion was overturned on replay when it was clear that he came forward with an empty hand on the play. The Browns recovered the fumble, although their offense couldn’t do anything with the gift. The Bills offense sputtered on another drive and the Browns rode two plays by Josh Cribbs and a Buffalo penalty to their first points.

Cribbs had a 12-yard punt return and a 24-yard reception to move the Browns down the field and Brandon Weeden got bailed out when a Jairus Byrd interception was wiped out by an illegal contact penalty on Aaron Williams. Weeden eventually handed to Trent Richardson for a six-yard touchdown run, his longest carry on a mostly dour day in the rain for the Browns rookie running back.

The Bills will need to find a way to put some more points on the board with Spiller out because it looks as if the Browns offense has found a little momentum heading into the second half.

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