Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller is expected to play this week against the New York Jets, but exactly how much remains to be seen. Spiller did not receive many touches last week, despite practicing all week and not being listed on the team’s injury report. There is speculation (not sure how much truth there is to it) that with all the injury woes at WR for the Bills (Steve Johnson has already been ruled out with a groin injury and as has Robert Woods with an ankle injury) that Coach Doug Marrone will look at possibly lining up Spiller on the outside in an attempt to get him more playing time. However, this doesn’t seem likely.
Injury Outlook: This situation is a tough one to call. Some weeks, CJ practices all week, is deemed relatively healthy, and then puts up a stinker. Other weeks, it seems almost impossible that he’ll play because he’s so limited, but then he goes out and rips a long run and returns to fantasy relevance. It really, truly is a week to week thing for Spiller, as this week seems to be more of the down variety for the Bills RB.
Spiller didn’t get many touches against the Steelers last week, leading many to believe that Spiller suffered a setback during the previous week. He’s dealt with this high ankle sprain for a long time now, so he’s clearly not going to be 100% at this point in the season. The difficult thing to predict is when less than 100% is enough and when it isn’t. He looked fantastic in Week 9, but a shell of himself in Week 10. Whether much changed between those two weeks remains to be seen.
The fact that Spiller is, again, not listed on the Bills’ official injury report is a good thing. It appears that he will suit up and give it a go. Expect Fred Jackson to still get a bulk of carries, but with the Bills so limited on the outside without their top two WRs, this could be a good week to try to get Spiller out in space and really see if he can still make people miss. He’s struggled with lateral movements since he suffered this injury (which is a very common thing with a high ankle sprain), so until he can really trust that ankle and do the things that make him a tantalizing talent in the first place, it’s hard to recommend him at this point.
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