The Bills have played without the likes of E.J. Manuel, Jairus Byrd and Stevie Johnson at points this season, but running back C.J. Spiller has been in the lineup for all six games.
There have been moments in the last few weeks when it was fair to wonder whether or not that was a good thing. Spiller has played a limited number of snaps and lacked explosiveness because of an ankle injury. Spiller did not practice on Wednesday to rest the ankle and said that he didn’t think it would be long before the ankle was back to full strength.
“I think it’ll be something that’ll be healed up before the bye week,” Spiller said, via the team’s website. “I don’t think it’s going to be something that’s going to linger into November. It’s getting better and better each week and as long as it continues to do that I’ll be fine. There are a couple of more hurdles that I have to get over, but I can definitely see the finish line of me getting back to 100 percent quickly.”
Fred Jackson has been playing an expanded role with Spiller limited and has done a solid job, but he lacks the ability to hit a home run on any touch that Spiller possesses and the Bills offense has missed it. If Spiller’s right, it shouldn’t be too much longer before they get it back.