C.J. Spiller Injury: Updates on Buffalo Bills RB's Shoulder

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 23, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 24:  C.J. Spiller #28 of the Buffalo Bills runs against the Denver Broncos at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Spiller had his first 100 yard rushing game in the NFL. Buffalo won 40-14.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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With Fred Jackson out, the last thing the Buffalo Bills needed in their game against Cleveland was an injury to C.J. Spiller, who led the NFL with 292 yards coming into Week 3.

After taking a screen pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick up the field for about 25 yards, Spiller was tackled and landed directly on his left shoulder.

UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 24 at 12:49 p.m. EST by Brandon Galvin

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora confirms that Spiller did not separate his shoulder in Week 3, though he is expected to miss 1-2 weeks. 

RB CJ Spiller has sprained A/C joint, not separated shoulder. Great news for Bills Likely 1-2 week injury, Fred Jackson should play Sun

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 24, 2012


UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 23 at 6:50 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Great news for Spiller. While it looks like he will not be able to play next week, the early prognosis is great. 

The Buffalo News' Jay Skurski passed along some quotes from Chan Gailey. Gailey acknowledges that Spiller is "out for a week or two," but when asked if Spiller broke his collarbone, he replied "no." 


UPDATE: Sunday, September 23 at 3:50 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Spiller will undergo testing to determine the extent of damage in his shoulder on Monday. 

Bills still gathering information on CJ Spiller's injured shoulder and an MRI is scheduled for Monday

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 23, 2012

Spiller's presence in the lineup, even if they get Jackson back, is critical. We have seen how much Spiller changes the running game when he is out there. Hopefully all the news comes back as well as can be expected. 



UPDATE: Sunday, September 23 at 2:10 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

Tim Graham of the Buffalo News is reporting that Spiller will not, in fact, return to the game due to a shoulder injury.

C.J. Spiller officially out for the rest of the game. Can't recall seeing somebody carted off the field and going back in.

— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) September 23, 2012

Hopefully it is just a one-game injury because of the way Spiller has been playing, but we will have to await test results before knowing the full extent of the damage. It didn't look very good, so we shall see.



As Pete Prisco of CBS Sports put it, ouch. It looked bad as soon as it happened, and Spiller was in a lot of pain.

Spiller down. Ouch. Looks like something up near pec muscle or shoulder.

— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) September 23, 2012


Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland reported that Spiller was carted off the field without a high possibility of return.

C.J. Spiller taken by golf cart to locker room. Doubt we'll see him again. Tashard Choice the replacement.

— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) September 23, 2012

Spiller has been the best thing to happen to the Bills offense in this young season. He was finally getting a real chance to show what he could do and looked like a star in the making.

If Spiller is out for a substantial amount of time, it is likely going to drastically alter the game plan for the Bills.

We will keep you updated on Spiller's injury and status as soon as more information becomes available.