Posted: Monday, 23 September 2013 11:09AM
Bills' Spiller says injury shouldn't keep him out Sunday
Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- Following a week where the Buffalo Bills didn't incur a single injury to anyone on their roster, the team saw five separate starters leave the game against the New York Jets prematurely. One of the most notable was running back C.J. Spiller, but it seems the Bills won't have to worry too much about him.
Suffering an injury in the first half of the contest, Spiller briefly attempted to come back in the second half and play on it, but eventually couldn't finish the game.
"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."
Both during and after the game, the Bills announced that Spiller had suffered a knee injury. On Monday morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that it's actually a thigh injury.
[Edit: The Bills announced Monday afternoon that Spiller is suffering from a quad injury]
Whatever the case may be, Spiller believes he'll be ready for Sunday's contest against the Baltimore Ravens.
"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."
Spiller ended his evening gaining just nine yards on 10 carries, and concluded that the Jets were trying to bait him to bounce runs outside -- a tendency of his early on in his career and even as recent as Week 1 of the 2013 regular season.
"They were doing a great job of getting pressure and making some of the running lanes tough. Just looking at it briefly, some of the film, I probably… that game right there probably just would have been one of those games where I could have just got like, one or two yards," he said.
"They, pretty much, put a lot of people in the box and dared our passing game to beat them."
With the amount of success the Jets had in flustering the Bills on offense, one could surmise that it could be a strategy that continues until proven otherwise.
The Bills get back to practice on Wednesday, as they prepare for their Week Four home contest against the 2-1 Ravens.
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