It appears that Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller will suit up for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. However, he is still technically considered a game time decision despite the fact that he was listed as full participant in practice on Friday and is listed as probable.
Injury Outlook: Spiller has gone through this song and dance before, attempting to play through a high ankle sprain and clearly looking like he was just a shell of himself. The most difficult things to do when dealing with a high ankle sprain are cut, any lateral motions, and changing speeds, all of which are the reasons why Spiller is a special player to begin with. He seems to have responded well to taking Week 8 off, so the optimism comes from him actually feeling better after rest, but there’s really no telling how mobile or unrestricted he will actually be.
At the end of the day, Spiller will be splitting carries mainly with Fred Jackson, who has been fantastic all season. When healthy, Spiller is the guy the Bills know is the future of their backfield, but it’s difficult to rely that much on a guy that has never shown the ability to stay on the field week in a out.
For Week 9, expect Spiller to play, barring any difficulty going through warm ups Sunday morning, You definitely will need to check the final Inactive lists to make sure he’s suiting up prior to kickoff. He’s still not 100% and may not be for the rest of the season, but this week will be a good gauge for how effective he can be this season when playing at less than 100%.