Oh, the joy of being a Bills fan.
For the second straight season, the Buffalo faithful have witnessed a running back take the field by storm to start the year, only to suffer an injury that derails the train.
Last year it was Fred Jackson, who pounded out an astonishing 5.5 yards per carry and racked up nearly 1,000 yards in just over nine games before breaking his fibula. The 2011 Bills started 5-2, then promptly lost eight of their last nine games.
This season it was C.J Spiller who started hot. The young back rushed for more than 10 yards per carry and scored three touchdowns in the Bills’ first two games, once Jackson was sidelined with a brand new knee injury in Week 1. At least Spiller didn’t dangle hope in front of Buffalo for too long, however, before going down with a shoulder injury of his own in Week 3.
Now the Bills face a conundrum regarding Jackson and Spiller: both backs are nursing injuries, but both are listed as probable for Buffalo’s Week 6 matchup against the Cardinals. Tashard Choice lurks in the third spot on the depth chart, but which of the top two is this team’s true starter?
Regardless of what anyone says, or who touches the ball first on Sunday, when all is said and done only one man can truly be considered Buffalo’s top running back. That man is C.J. Spiller, and here are four reasons why.