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C.J. Spiller will start for Bills

C.J. Spiller AP

The return of Fred Jackson to practice on Wednesday raised the question of which running back the Bills would start against the Colts this Sunday.

Coach Chan Gailey answered it and the answer is one that will bring a smile to the face of anyone who’s been hoping to see C.J. Spiller remain Buffalo’s feature back. Spiller’s going to start and, according to Gailey, that’s going to go beyond being on the field for the first offensive play of the game.

“C.J. will start, but we’re still going to play Fred,” said Gailey, via the team’s website. “It takes two. It does. So Fred will get quite a few snaps, but C.J. will start and get the majority of the snaps.”

Both backs downplayed the importance of the quantity of snaps, but things have been tilting in this direction all season. Spiller’s made big plays on the ground and in the passing game often enough that people have been calling for a recalibration of playing time since the first few weeks of the season. When Spiller handled an inflated workload against Miami without any real drop in productivity last Thursday, the team pretty much ran out of reasons to turn back to Jackson as the first man in the rotation.

They’re better off with both of them healthy, though, and Gailey would be wise to ride both backs as the team tries for their fifth win of the season in Indianapolis.

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5 Responses to “C.J. Spiller will start for Bills”
  1. nbaraie says: Nov 21, 2012 2:23 PM

    Still, the Bills wouldn’t be in this position if Gailey saw this at training camp.

  2. sammyscrawfo says: Nov 21, 2012 2:55 PM

    Best RB in the league next year.

  3. tharoostah says: Nov 21, 2012 3:02 PM

    nbaraie says: Nov 21, 2012 2:23 PM

    Still, the Bills wouldn’t be in this position if Gailey saw this at training camp

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    no but in 2010 in training camp he saw enough to give him the starting nod over Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch

  4. dabillshateme says: Nov 21, 2012 3:13 PM

    For the love of God Chan…pretty please…put them on the field at the same time. That excuse about “if we game plan for them on the field together and one gets hurt, it messes up our game plan” is so lame. Can’t you switch to plays with one RB if one goes down??

  5. marvsleezy says: Nov 21, 2012 4:23 PM

    Remember this is they guy (Chan) that gave the job to Trent Edwards after a long off season of work. (only to cut him after 4 weeks).

    Gailey is NOT a personnel guy.

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