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C.J. Spiller: If I can get ankle to 80-85 percent, I’m playing Thursday

Bills' Spiller is tackled by Ravens' Elam during their NFL football game in Orchard Park Reuters

Bills running back C.J. Spiller found tough going on the ground for the second straight week during Sunday’s victory over the Ravens and he also had to leave the game early because of an injury for the second straight week.

It was his ankle, not his quadriceps, this time and the other big difference is that Spiller’s not feeling as confident about his chances of playing in Week Five as he was this time last week about facing Baltimore. The fact that this week’s game against the Browns falls on Thursday likely contributes to that feeling, but Spiller said he’ll deem himself ready to go if he’s feeling in the neighborhood of 100 percent.

“If I can get to 80-85 percent, that’ll be good,” Spiller said, via the team.

Spiller said his frustration level was a 10 out of 10 as a result of the nagging injuries he’s picked up over the last two weeks. The Bills would likely put themselves at a similar level and their readings would be off the chart if the knee injury suffered by Fred Jackson on Sunday had turned out to be anything serious. If Spiller can’t go, Jackson and Tashard Choice would handle the running duties in Week Five.

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14 Responses to “C.J. Spiller: If I can get ankle to 80-85 percent, I’m playing Thursday”
  1. Nickstixx says: Sep 30, 2013 1:56 PM

    Fantasy BUST!

  2. chiefpontiac57 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:00 PM

    Meanwhile Jairus Byrd’s screaming “Shut-up dude, If my shoe won’t fit, I can’t commit”

  3. hailskins94 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:01 PM

    Soft with a capital S!

  4. bennyb82 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:03 PM

    So glad I did not have an opportunity to draft him in fantasy…because he put up huge numbers when he was healthy last year…maybe he got advice from Chris Johnson in the offseason?

  5. fwippel says: Sep 30, 2013 2:22 PM

    This is why I can’t stand these weekly Thursday games, which are scheduled soley for the purpose of getting the NFL Network some measurable ratings.

    If this game were being played on Sunday, there’d be little doubt Spiller would be ready. But because the NFL Network wants to televise live games, injured players have less time to recover before their next game, and having an unnecessary result on the outcome of the games scheduled on those days.

    It’s not necessary and it needs to stop. The NFL Network already competes against college games on Thursday evenings. Why not schedule those games on Saturday evenings?

  6. captainwisdom8888 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:30 PM

    Spiller is clearly a little worried about losing his job…

  7. scaredhitless says: Sep 30, 2013 2:35 PM

    Should be a decent game. At least it’s not the Jags!

  8. shayeezy says: Sep 30, 2013 2:46 PM

    remember when people said jamaal charles was fragile?

  9. jeffreyshulenburg says: Sep 30, 2013 2:53 PM

    I will agree with the ranter above. Thursday night games are a nuisance.

    Any team dealing with an injury has 3 less days to prepare. It throws a wrench into scheduling because suddenly every team essentially gets 2 bye weeks (the Bills play more teams coming off byes or Thurs night games than any other team)

    And a massive chunk of NFL fans dont get to see the games either because they dont pay for premium packages or because NFL network isnt provided by their carrier. Its just a pain in the but to teams and fans. Add a second Sunday night game or something

  10. EJ says: Sep 30, 2013 2:59 PM

    Nickstixx says:
    Sep 30, 2013 1:56 PM

    Fantasy BUST!

    That is why you draft Fred Jackson. 32 years old and still running strong. Fred-Ex!

  11. phil954 says: Sep 30, 2013 5:09 PM

    I hope Spiller and Jackson are healthy for Thursday night. I will feel a lot more comfortable with the chances to win. Without them, Cleveland only has to worry about 10 yard passes from Manuel.

  12. maxkingpin says: Sep 30, 2013 5:57 PM

    Username fwippel says:
    “This is why I can’t stand these weekly Thursday games … It’s not necessary and it needs to stop. The NFL Network already competes against college games on Thursday evenings. Why not schedule those games on Saturday evenings?”

    The answer is:
    ► The 1961 Sports Broadcasting Act (SBA) would not apply if any television contract allowed the NFL (or at the time, the AFL) to broadcast games “on any Friday after [6 p.m.] or on any Saturday during the period beginning on the second Friday in September and ending on the second Saturday in December.”
    In other words, the NFL could not televise games if they competed directly against college football.

  13. wwwmattcom says: Sep 30, 2013 7:43 PM

    Far cry from Jairus Byrd’s attitude. With the way this D is playing. Ahem third string and free agents….Byrd is looking quite the BUM.

  14. micker716 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:18 PM

    Jamaal Charles is fragile.

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