Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- The Buffalo Bills finally made the decision to give running back C.J. Spiller the day off when they took on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Not only is his status unclear for their upcoming contest, but the nature of his injury was revealed.
"It's a high ankle [sprain]," head coach Doug Marrone told reporters on Monday. "It's like a spot that's sore, but it is a high ankle which is normally a little bit worse than the other ones."
Since suffering the injury in the team's Week Four contest against Baltimore, Spiller has been limited over the course of the past four games. Through the first three weeks the running back took only 20.7-percent of offensive snaps, and then was ultimately held out by the Bills against the Saints.
Marrone said the Bills will test out Spiller's ankle either Monday or Tuesday, but was hesitant in giving a firm statement about his availability against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
"I'm gonna wait," Marrone said when talking about both Spiller and linebacker Manny Lawson.
Lawson was held out for the first time this season due to a hamstring injury, but Marrone said the team's free agent acquisition felt good to the point where he thought he might be able to play against the Saints on Sunday.
A pair of wide receivers are expected to be limited as the practice week opens up on Wednesday. Stevie Johnson suffered a hip flexor injury on his first reception of the game and spent the rest of the afternoon trying to stretch it out in between plays and series.
Rookie Marquise Goodwin isn't likely to get a full day of work in on Wednesday either. He injured his elbow in the second half and was in considerable pain when being checked on by trainers. The Bills carted him off the field to be examined, but X-rays came back negative.
The Bills will be up against the Chiefs at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday, who sport the league's only undefeated record (8-0).
why keep on playing him if he is not 100 percent. be carefull. with him because if he keep on playing through his pain. which we all are proud of him and jackson for. but we dont want them to really break something. so rest him. and see how than are at that time.
He's done for this season.
Trade Byrd for a veteran running back.
What else is new?
Cj is a great running back. He will never be able to endure 16 games. He will average 9 or 10 games his whole career. Gailey had the right idea in 'preserving' him. Running him til he pukes?? What a foolish comment by hackett. Let him go back to syracuse and use that college talk. This is the NFL. Cj will have half the stats he had last year.
A flurry of ignorance
1) You can't put him on PUP, that's only to start the season. He can only be placed on IR or IR with a designation to return. The latter option would force him out for the next six weeks. That'd basically shut him down for the season. If he's already in 4 weeks into a high ankle sprain, then let him rest and come back healthy in a few more weeks.
2) Don't trade Byrd for some average or below average veteran running back. The Bills have Fred Jackson and Tashard Choice. They don't need more running backs, they have two capable starters already.
3) High Ankle Sprains are flukey. Roddy White sustained one in the preseason and tried to keep playing on it and finally had to get shut down. This is a guy who hadn't missed a game in his career up to that point. Getting mad at Hackett for utilizing his top RB as often as possible isn't the issue. CJ got hurt, he needs to rest the injury, that's not Hackett's nor anyone else's fault within the Bills. Gailey under-utilized Spiller in game changing moments and had no rhyme or reason for it. Don't fall back on Gailey to try and justify what is going on now.
My sentiment - let him rest. Fred Jackson can carry the load and Tashard can fill in as needed. This team is desperately in need of its Bye week and unfortunately there are another 3 weeks before that occurs. Go Bills.
Re: What else is new?
CJ played full seasons in 2011 and 2012. You're pretty stupid.