C.J. Spiller expected to miss a week or two after shoulder injury


Bills coach Chan Gailey passed along some good news about running back C.J. Spiller after the team’s 24-14 win over the Browns on Sunday.

Spiller did not break his collarbone on the hit from Browns defensive back Usama Young that knocked him out of the game. The news isn’t all rosy, however. Spiller will have more tests on Monday to determine the extent of the injury, but Gailey said he’s already planning on life without Spiller, who had a 32-yard touchdown catch before leaving, for the next couple of weeks.

I don’t believe it’s long, long term. If he misses a week, that’s long for me. I think he’s going to be out for sure this week, and then we’ll see where he goes from there,” Gailey said, via Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News. ” He’s out for a week or two, but I don’t know how extensive it is.”

The news will be easier for the Bills to swallow if the optimistic reports about Fred Jackson’s recovery prove true enough to get him back on the field in Week Four. Tashard Choice had 91 yards on 20 carries, but Jackson’s ability to bust a run or pass for a long gain will help the team replace what they lose if Spiller is out of the lineup.

8 responses to “C.J. Spiller expected to miss a week or two after shoulder injury

  1. Don’t look now NFL, but the Bills actually have a dominate offensive line, I feel that they’ll propel any RB we put in and at least give them a chance to have a great game (see Tashard Choice 20/91 yds). We’ll be fine.

  2. I’m pretty sure injuries have not kept him from succeeding. Having Fred jackson ahead of him has been his obstacle..

  3. I don’t think it’s been injuries or Fred Jackson that have been the obstacle the last several years. I think that players of Spiller’s style (Reggie Bush, Darren Sproles, etc) take a few years to really get adjusted to the NFL game. It looks like the learning curve is more on par with receivers. Look at how much Bush developed after he was written off. If the Bills are really moving toward a run-first philosophy, they’re going to need both Jackson and Spiller once they’re both back and healthy. Splitting the workload will keep them both fresh and be a huge boost when it starts to snow in Buffalo and the running game becomes even more of a key to winning.

  4. Too bad the Bills may not have either Spiller or Jackson for New England. They have a good shot at home but it’d be a whole lot better with either of them in the line up. Maybe Jackson will be ready but who knows. It should be a good game.

  5. This is good news. It looked like it was going to be worse. Haha lilrob clearly is unfamiliar with CJ and the Bills…people should just shut when when they don’t know what they’re talking about.

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