C.J. Spiller said throughout the week he wanted to play on his sprained left ankle. The only way to keep him off the field would've been for the Bills to deactivate him.
Bills coach Doug Marrone did just that, scratching Spiller for the first time in the running back's career. Spiller had played 44 straight games, the fifth-longest active streak among all running backs.
"I wasn't ready," Spiller told me outside the locker room. "It was Coach Marrone's decision. I respected that.
Spiller has appeared on the Bills' injury report five straight weeks and sitting him was probably should have happened long ago. Spiller has been a fantasy disappointment for what was likely a high first round pick. He's rushed for 362 yards and a 4.0 average per carry with one touchdown. He has only 14 catches for 36 yards and zero touchdowns.