C. J. Spiller RB BUF 8 Hrs
Spiller (collarbone) looked to be running in decent shape during Thursday's practice, The Buffalo News reports. Said coach Doug Marrone, "I think he looks good. He really does. It's just a matter of waiting until the end of the week and making a move there. The only concern I have is it's not really being in shape, but to be able to play and run plays in and out, in and out, in and out and to make sure his conditioning is right at that level. It seems to be okay. I think it will just get better. I know he looks explosive. He's moving well."
Obviously, Spiller is getting close. While we won't know for sure his status for the Week 16 contest against the Raiders until as late as Saturday, it does sound like he'll be seeing action again this season even though it was initially feared his campaign was over. That said, even if active this week he'd be an incredibly risky option with three other backs in tow who are likely in much better game shape right now.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 1 Day
Spiller (collarbone) practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday, the Bills' official site reports.
wgr550.com relays that the Bills don't have to make a decision whether to officially activate Spiller -- who coach Doug Marrone said looked good Wednesday -- from IR/designated to return until Saturday. Meanwhile, the running back himself is in a wait-and-see mode with regard to his chances of playing Sunday against the Raiders. "I'll see how I feel tomorrow when I come in," Spiller noted after Wednesday's practice. "Hopefully it's a good sign. If it is, we'll keep plugging away and hopefully we'll reach a decision and go from there."
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Spiller, currently on IR/designated to return after suffering a collarbone injury during Week 7, will be added back to the active roster this week. The running back is eligible to play this week against the Raiders, though Doug Marrone will first see how Spiller practices this week.
The Bills haven't gotten anything great from the running back position since Spiller and Fred Jackson both got hurt in the same game, as Jackson seems to be doing the best he can but has lost some explosiveness. And the other two options - Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown - have had their ups and downs. You'd really need to be hurting to expect Spiller to come in Week 16 and get a full load of carries, but he may be worth a dart for a deep bench if you know you're going to be working through the usual Week 17 guesswork.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 16 Days2 Comments
Spiller, who was placed on IR/designated to return after suffering a collarbone injury during Week 7, is practicing Wednesday on his first day eligible.
Spiller can't return until Week 16 at Oakland, but that's increasingly becoming a possibility. That said, the Bills have three healthy backs already in the mix and it seems doubtful they'd take him directly from IR to bell cow back. The one week dart-throwers might want to have their eye on is Week 17 at New England. If the Bills are out of the playoff chase by then, they could conceivably give Spiller a bunch of carries just to help them make a better informed decision now that his contract is starting to wind down.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 17 Days
Spiller, who was placed on I-R designated to return after suffering a collarbone injury during Week 7, has been making good progress in his recovery and the team seems to think he can return before the end of the season, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said coach Doug Marrone, "We're hoping to see C.J. to start coming back. That designation is coming up."
Spiller is eligible to return to practice this week and game action for the Week 16 matchup in Oakland, though neither of those is a certainty at this stage. Also, he'd probably be part of a three- or four-man rotation. That all said, Spiller is filled with skills, so if the Bills suffer one or two running back injuries over the next two games, he might be worth a late-season dart.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 2 Months1 Comment
Spiller, who suffered a shoulder/collarbone injury in Week 7 and was placed on short-term IR, thinks he can still play this season, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said the running back, "I don't want to put a percentage on it. I'm just taking it one day at a time. Everything is looking good and feeling good. So rehab is going really well, so I don't want to put the chance of anything on it. If I'm good to go I'll go."
If the Bills keep winning they'll be a factor in the playoff race, so there's a small chance Spiller can help. That said, he's only eligible to play one regular season game, and that's the always difficult road contest at New England. In other words, he's not worth stashing away on your roster for several weeks in the hope that he can play a minor role in just one game, and that's a best-case scenario.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 2 Months2 Comments
Spiller (collarbone) was placed on the Bills' injured reserve/designated to return list Tuesday.
Spiller underwent surgery Monday for a broken clavicle that could keep him out until next season. However, given his placement on the designated to return list Tuesday, health permitting, Spiller will be eligible to return in Week 16. With Fred Jackson (groin) also injured for the coming weeks, a combination of Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown is expected to fuel the Bills' running game, and Phillip Tanner was brought in Tuesday to add another backfield option as well.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 2 Months3 Comments
Coach Doug Marrone confirmed Monday that Spiller underwent surgery to repair his clavicle.
Per ESPN's Mike Rodak, the Bills haven't decided yet whether or not Spiller will be placed on IR, but obviously the running back is out indefinitely. With Fred Jackson also in line to miss time, the team's Week 8 backfield will be headed by a combo of Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon, with the Bills also considering adding another back to their practice squad.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 2 Months8 Comments
After being diagnosed with a broken collarbone, Spiller is slated to undergo surgery Monday, according to ESPN.com.
In any case, coach Doug Marrone confirmed Sunday that Spiller will be out an "indefinite" amount of time and with Fred Jackson dealing with a groin injury, it looks like the Bills may have to turn to a combo of Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown next Sunday against the Jets, and possibly beyond.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 2 Months1 Comment
According to CBS's Jason LaCanfora, the initial diagnosis of the injury that Spiller suffered Sunday is a broken collarbone.
We'll await confirmation of the report, but with Fred Jackson slated for MRI on his groin, the Bills will turn to Anthony Dixon on Sunday, with Bryce Brown now a candidate to enter the team's backfield mix next week.