Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- Coming into the season, there weren't many other members of the Buffalo Bills roster that gained national attention other than running back C.J. Spiller. Just a week after finally hitting some big runs and gaining the most yards in a single game this season versus Kansas City, Spiller's production dipped once again.
Against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Spiller had only 23 yards on eight carries and got only 33-percent of the team's offensive snaps. While that snap percentage was an increase from the previous week, it wasn't what most expected a fully healthy Spiller to get.
The running back has dealt with a high ankle sprain that even sidelined him for one contest, but was removed from the injury report entirely leading up to the team's game in Pittsburgh.
Don't chalk up the lack of playing time to his ankle, at least that's not what head coach Doug Marrone would tell you.
"Nope. Game plan and how we're putting those guys in there," he responded when asked if the ankle injury was still lingering. "Doesn't have anything to do with his ankle."
So is that a trend that might continue?
"Could increase, could decrease. We'll see week-to-week," Marrone said, likely igniting the fire and fury of Spiller fans league-wide. "But it's not a knock on injury or what we do. It's what we're trying to get done. We're trying to be very productive in the run game."
Since suffering his injury during the team's Week Four contest against Baltimore, the running back has participated in no higher than 33-percent of offensive snaps during a game. In fact, the Pittsburgh game was just the first time since the onset of the injury that Spiller went over 30-percent.
The Bills get back to practice on Wednesday in preparation for their Week 11 matchup with the New York Jets.