C.J. Spiller Injury: Updates on Bills RB's Knee
A forgettable day quickly turned into a nightmare for C.J. Spiller, as he was forced to leave the Buffalo Bills' Week 3 game against the New York Jets with a knee injury.
The team's official Twitter feed had the concerning news:
Spiller has yet to miss a game, but his status for Week 8 is up in the air.
Spiller has played through his knee injury for the last month, but it looks like it might catch up to him in Week 8 against the Saints according to Bills Radio Network sideline reporter Joe Buscaglia:
A league source termed Spiller's chances for Sunday as "extremely slim." I'd expect he gets Sunday off. #Bills— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) October 24, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 27
From NFL: Around the League:
C.J. Spiller and Mario Williams are both probable, Bills announce.— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) September 27, 2013
UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 23
From the Buffalo Bills:
.@CJSPILLER on his knee injury: "I'm a little sore ... I felt like I couldn't get any power. The best thing was to swallow my pride (& sit)"— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) September 23, 2013
Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com provided an updated timetable, per C.J. Spiller:
CJ Spiller says he should be fine to play Sunday after a minor knee injury vs the Jets.
He said he didn’t have explosion after tweaking it Sunday. Spiller will get treatment and test it Wednesday in practice.
ESPN's Adam Schefter disputes that Spiller hurt his knee and reports the Bills' running back actually hurt his thigh:
Bills RB CJ Spiller injured his thigh Sunday, not his knee; injury not considered serious and he is expected to play Sunday vs. Ravens.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 23, 2013
Spiller also tweeted Monday morning:
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. http://t.co/X9VcdjfsSS— Cj Spiller (@CJSPILLER) September 23, 2013
Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 Sports Radio passed along an additional statement from Spiller discussing the injury:
"I just felt like I couldn't get no power, that explosiveness that I would cut off my leg," the running back said Monday. "Ultimately I just came out the game because, to me, I'm not gonna put my team in jeopardy of hurting them and then also I have to protect myself. The best thing for me to do is to swallow my pride at that moment and let my other guys go in there and fight."
"A little sore but shouldn't be nothing that will keep me out this week," he said when asked how he felt. "As of right now, the plan is to see how it feels doing stuff, doing some treatment and doing everything necessary that I need to do to make sure that I'm ready. But come Wednesday or Thursday, ultimately the decision needs to be made -- more Thursday -- about if I'll be able to go. But, I think I should be good."
C.J. Spiller, one of the most electric ball-carriers in the league, was unable to find any space at MetLife Stadium, compiling a measly nine rushing yards on 10 carries and one yard on one catch before leaving in the third quarter. He also had a bad case of the fumbles.
Add a knee injury on top of that, and it's difficult to imagine Sunday going any worse for Spiller and the Bills. The extent of the injury is still unknown, but for the team to hold him out in a close game suggests it may not be minor.
That only adds to what has been a frustrating start to the season for the explosive running back.
After averaging 6.0 yards per carry and 10.7 yards per reception last season, he entered Week 3 at just 4.4 and 3.5, respectively, before seeing those numbers take another tumble against a stingy Jets defense.
The Bills can rest easy in the fact that they have one of the game's top backups in Fred Jackson. The veteran had 72 rushing yards, four receptions and 37 receiving yards on Sunday and has proven in the past he is capable of being a lead back.
He will be worthy of a pickup in all fantasy football leagues if he is available, while Tashard Choice becomes his immediate backup.
Nevertheless, while Jackson can help the Bills tread water, Spiller is one of the most exciting players in the league and someone the Bills are leaning on in 2013.
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