Both Buffalo Bills star RBs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson were absent at practice today, and Spiller’s ankle continues to be an ongoing issue for the Bills. Fred Jackson aggravated his MCL sprain early in Sunday’s game, but he was able to make a heroic return and run for a touchdown on the next drive. Jackson already stated that he will play this week against the New Orleans Saints, and it’s a credit to his toughness. But Spiller’s ankle injuries are more worrisome, leaving his status for Sunday’s game a lot more murky.
WGR 550’s Joe Buscaglia tweets that Spiller’s ankle “isn’t doing as well this week” compared to how well it was doing last week, and Bills head coach Doug Marrone “sounds on the fence” regarding Spiller’s chances of playing. It’s a serious situation for Bills fans and fantasy owners to monitor closely, and it was obvious that Spiller couldn’t get anything going against the Dolphins due to his ankle issues.
We’ll see if the Bills decide to rest Spiller this week, and Jackson’s own injury makes things a little bit more cloudy. Jackson is the No. 1 RB at this point in time due to Spiller’s injury, but the Bills could be pressed into playing Spiller this week since Jackson is at risk for re-aggravating his knee injury. I’m sure the Bills would like to rest C.J. Spiller this week, but things don’t always end up the way they would in an ideal world.