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CJ Spiller Avoids Major Injury, May Play Thursday

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C.J. Spiller avoided a high-ankle sprain and says he will suit up against the Browns on a short week. Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images
C.J. Spiller avoided a high-ankle sprain and says he will suit up against the Browns on a short week. Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Bills fans and fantasy owners alike received good news Monday. According to Adam Schefter, RB C.J. Spiller says that he will be active for the Buffalo Bills’ Thursday night game against the Cleveland Browns.

It was initially feared that Spiller might have suffered a high-ankle sprain, but this piece of news indicates that he avoided that. High-ankle sprains tend to linger, so this is great news for the Bills. He didn’t participate in practice Monday, but technically speaking, the team only had a walkthrough.

Spiller has underwhelmed and disappointed fantasy owners so far, averaging only 3.5 yards per carry without scoring a touchdown through four weeks. Battery mate Fred Jackson has been far more effective averaging 5.3 yards per carry on 48 carries. Fragile Fred also suffered an injury during this past week’s game, although he was able to play through it. Jackson is said to have sprained his MCL, which is a mild sprain since he was able to play through it and was also able to participate in Monday’s walkthrough.

With Spiller not at 100 percent and the team playing on a short week, it will likely continue to be a split backfield against the Browns. Schefter also reported Monday that Tashard Choice should see an expanded role this coming week.

Fantasy owners should proceed with caution. If you have the depth at running back, consider benching Spiller this week.