Buffalo Bills star running back C.J. Spiller was wisely shut down last week with an ankle injury, and the week of rest should definitely do Spiller some good. He was clearly hobbled by that ankle injury, as he was only able to get seven yards from scrimmage on nine touches in Week 7 against the Miami Dolphins. Spiller was able to get on the practice field yesterday, and all the signs regarding Spiller have been encouraging thus far.
According to WKBW-TV’s Jeff Russo, Bills head coach Doug Marrone stated that Spiller will play this week against the Kansas City Chiefs, as long as he doesn’t suffer a setback. This announcement from Marrone comes as little surprise, and it appears that the Bills are going all-hands-on-deck in an upset bid against the Chiefs this week. They’ve historically caused some problems at home for the Chiefs, so they have that going in their favor.
A healthy Spiller could also go a long way, and the Bills best bet on offense against the Chiefs is using their two star running backs. Although Spiller has averaged just four yards per carry this season, there should be plenty of optimism that his YPC average will go up soon. I mean, he seems to be healthier right now that at any point earlier this season, and only a setback on his ankle could hold him out of this week’s game. He was undoubtedly hurt significantly over the past few weeks, but he’s most likely close to full health now.