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Injury wasn’t reason for C.J. Spiller’s limited workload

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The Bills didn’t list running back C.J. Spiller on their injury report last week, signaling that he’d fully recovered from the ankle injury that has plagued him for several weeks.

Spiller sent a previous signal to that effect with 116 rushing yards in the Week Nine loss to the Chiefs, but he did not spend Sunday’s loss to the Steelers filling the role of feature back that he was playing when he was healthy early this season. Spiller played half as many snaps as Fred Jackson, leading some to wonder if there was a recurrence of Spiller’s injury. Coach Doug Marrone said Monday that injury had nothing to do with the split of playing time, however.

“Game plan. How we’re putting those guys in there,” Marrone said, via the Buffalo News. “Doesn’t have anything to do with his ankle.”

Marrone said that Spiller’s role could increase or decrease from week to week depending on what the team plans to do that week. That’s a big difference from last week when Marrone said he was excited to be able to use Spiller more often and may mean that concerns about the ankle still linger because it’s hard to imagine the Bills having so little use for a healthy Spiller.

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20 Responses to “Injury wasn’t reason for C.J. Spiller’s limited workload”
  1. riverace19 says: Nov 11, 2013 4:00 PM

    Guess Marrone is afraid of Spiller puking from his workload…

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 11, 2013 4:07 PM

    Marrone is killing my fantasy team!

  3. yaryers says: Nov 11, 2013 4:09 PM

    Pretty sure if you have CJ Spiller, the game plan should always be “Use CJ Spiller.”

  4. sevenbbq says: Nov 11, 2013 4:14 PM

    Same old Bills, professional mis-users of C.J. Spiller. Sad thing is, I’m a Bills fan.

  5. chawk12thman says: Nov 11, 2013 4:22 PM

    At least give him #1 type touches please……I may lose this week’s fantasy match because I played him like a #1 and he was used like a #3 RB.

    Not to mention that he also gives the team the best chance to win if used as the #1 RB…….

  6. phinatic29 says: Nov 11, 2013 4:30 PM

    Speaking as a Dolphin fan ….. Mr. Marrone PLEASE continue to utilize Jackson more than Spiller.

  7. sfraider says: Nov 11, 2013 4:39 PM

    Game plan huh. How did that work out for you?

  8. slick50ks says: Nov 11, 2013 4:46 PM

    Rookie coach coaches like a rookie.

  9. titusyoungslegalcounsel says: Nov 11, 2013 4:50 PM

    Not Marrones fault that Spiller has Chris Johnson syndrome and tries to bounce every single run outside and make a big play. Jackson is the better runner right now

  10. norseyapper says: Nov 11, 2013 4:58 PM

    Funny, most offensive coordinators form the game plan around their best and most productive players, finding ways to get a CJ Spiller the ball in space.
    What a wasted resource!

  11. allidoiswin55 says: Nov 11, 2013 5:01 PM

    CJ spiller Ruined my fantasy team! Everyone expected big things but the dude can’t stay healthy .. Get it together man

  12. rickyspanish says: Nov 11, 2013 5:36 PM

    I drafted Trent Richardson and CJ Spiller this year. I made two mistakes.

  13. zonedogz says: Nov 11, 2013 5:39 PM

    CJ was drafted for Chan Gailey’s spread offense and when he is healthy he is dynamite in that offense. But he has not proven to be very durable and in Marrone/Hackett’s ? west coast offense he is fitting in like a square peg in a round hole. As a former high 1st round pick his “payday” with his next contract is coming up soon but it may be with another team.

  14. 1bucfan813 says: Nov 11, 2013 6:17 PM

    These are the Bills we are talking about. The same team that had a beast at Rb with Lynch and they did not know how to use him either. Marone needs to stop being a morron and use his best players. He needs to watch some extra film.

  15. kyleka0s says: Nov 11, 2013 6:42 PM

    as a pats fan I applaud the bills organization for their use of their running backs. the last ten years of game planning has been great for the afc east.

  16. jacksonjames4 says: Nov 11, 2013 7:33 PM

    He pulled spiller because he sucks. When teams figured out he was only good on the outside , they took that away, easy fix

  17. dtjano says: Nov 11, 2013 8:41 PM

    Who needs to give the ball to C.J. Spiller when you can have E.J. Manuel miss passes to T.J. Graham by 10 yds.

  18. fearthehoody says: Nov 11, 2013 9:34 PM

    Please! Please, we all want to hear more about your fantasy teams.

    Signed, NO ONE!

  19. keepyerstickontheice says: Nov 12, 2013 1:24 AM

    Limited workload due to inability to either pass protect or run inside.

    If you burned a high pick on CJ for your fantasy team, you need to quit crying and do your own research.

    FJ is averages 10 points a week, and could be picked up off the waiver wire after most drafts are over.

  20. cardinalmac1 says: Nov 12, 2013 3:44 PM

    I have unfortunately gotten to watch alot of Buffalo Bills games this year, and my assessment on the use of CJ Spiller is this; 1. The Bills need to get Spiller much more involves in the passing game! There is not one game Spiller shouldn’t have less then 5 receptions in that dink’n’dunk offense w a weak armed qb. 2. The Bills offensive line is one of the worst in the NFL! They can not run block, they can not pass block. 3. The coaching staff is one of the worst in the league. They have 2 great rbs so why not figure out how to get them both on the field? They could run wildcat, or dual halfback shotgun. Marrone talked a big game on his way to town, but he is most definitely not backing it up. Spiller needs to get as far away from Buffalo as he can!

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