Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- It was supposed to be a breakout season. It was supposed to be a year where he became one of the NFL's elite running backs. One quarter of the way through the season, Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller hasn't even been able to stay on the field, let alone dominate the game as many thought he could do.
"10. It's a 10. The frustration is a 10," Spiller said Monday when asked about suffering two injuries over the past two weeks. "Well I guess this year it's tougher, because no one has any higher expectations than me. I want to go and I want to compete, I want to try to help my team win. Unfortunately the last two games, I haven't been able to complete the second half. Being a big part of this offense, you want to be out there."
A quad injury sidelined the running back for the majority of the second half against the New York Jets, but he was able to practice all week and be ready enough to take on the Baltimore Ravens. Spiller then suffered an ankle injury that he tried returning from throughout the second half, but admitted he felt the injury a couple of times when he was planting his foot to make a cut.
With a shortened week ahead of the Bills, Spiller expressed to reporters after the win over the Ravens that it might be "tough" to get ready for Thursday night's game in Cleveland due to the quick turnaround.
"If it was a Sunday game, I'd definitely say I'd be out there," he said, and then revealed his status for the primetime contest is still up in the air. "The only thing I can do is see how it feels come Thursday. The good thing is it's a night game so we're going to be able to get a lot of treatment in between now and Thursday. I'm pretty sure come Thursday -- I typically get to the stadium late -- I'm going to get there early and go on the field and test it out and do some planting and see how it feels and I guess make a decision by then."
Even with the doubt, Spiller has a finite sense of where his ankle needs to be in order to suit up against the Browns in a battle of two teams trying to get to a winning record.
"I'm going to do everything I can to position myself to be out there," he said. "If I can get at least to 85 or 90 [percent], I'm gonna give it a go."
Both the Bills and Browns enter the game with a 2-2 record. Buffalo had the day off from practice on Monday and instead did their work in meetings, and will resume on-the-field training both Tuesday and Wednesday.