Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 6:32pm
Bills RB Fred Jackson (ribs) did not practice Wednesday. F-Jax is probably just getting a day off, though we’ll continue to monitor his practice activity. If he isn’t able to play, C.J. Spiller would be an excellent start against a shaky Dolphins rush defense.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 10:48am
Monday, November 4, 2013, 5:18pm
Friday, November 1, 2013, 6:11pm
Bills RB Fred Jackson (knee, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 9. C.J. Spiller (ankle, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable. Jackson is ready to face the Chiefs, though Spiller's return puts a dent in his upside. As for Spiller, he looks like a decent RB3/flex start during a heavy bye week.
Thursday, October 31, 2013, 6:10pm
Bills RB Fred Jackson (knee) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Jackson's routine has been to rest early in the week and play through the knee sprain on Sunday. His return confirms that he'll be ready to face the Chiefs on Sunday.
Thursday, October 31, 2013, 6:10pm
Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) took limited practice reps again Thursday. The Bills feel like Spiller has a good chance to play against the Chiefs. He'll still be splitting touches with Fred Jackson, but wouldn't be a bad RB3/flex start during a heavy bye week.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 6:49pm
Bills RB Fred Jackson (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Jackson's routine has been to rest early in the week and play through the knee sprain on Sunday. We expect he'll do that again against the Chiefs in Week 9. C.J. Spiller (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. This is an upgrade over last week's practice participation, but Spiller isn't anywhere close to 100 percent yet.
Friday, October 25, 2013, 7:59pm
Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 8. Fred Jackson (knee, probable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 8. With Spiller all but ruled out, Fred Jackson is a low-end RB1 option against a Saints defense that has historically struggled against the run. Tashard Choice enters the conversation as a potential desperation flex play.
Thursday, October 24, 2013, 6:31pm
Bills RB Fred Jackson (knee) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. C.J. Spiller (ankle) missed practice again Thursday. For his part, Spiller says his ankle feels better than last week, though a source told WGR 550 in Buffalo that the chances are "extremely slim" that Spiller plays. As for Jackson, he says he'll be "ready to go Sunday" and would be a top 12 play, especially if Spiller is limited or out. Tashard Choice is shaping up as a Sneaky Start as well.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 6:14pm
Bills RBs Fred Jackson (knee) and C.J. Spiller (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Jackson and Spiller simply worked with trainers on the sideline. The Bills are considering shutting Spiller down for a stint to let him heal. This plan might be best for everyone, fantasy owners included.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 9:16am
Outside observers wonder if it’s better to just let Spiller’s ankle completely heal and sit him for a week. Head coach Doug Marrone admitted that playing on it slows the healing process, and indicated that Spiller’s progress will be carefully monitored.
“It’s been up and down,” said Marrone. ”We just monitor him during the week and see where he’s at and if it continues to get better then we go out there and play. There’s going to be a setback when you play the game. He’s not going to come out of there 110 percent. It’s a situation where we keep monitoring it and then if there’s a point where during the week it doesn’t feel as good as it should then we have to look and see what we want to do."
It does make you wonder what the Bills are thinking as they keep putting Spiller out there at clearly less than 100-percent. Unfortunately, that makes him a risky fantasy play right now. Fred Jackson and Tashard Choice combined for 17 carries last week in a tough matchup. Spiller had just six carries for 11 yards. Right now, Jackson looks like a much safer play even if Spiller continues to be active.
While fellow running back Fred Jackson believes his MCL knee injury is something he’ll just have to deal with and manage the rest of the season, C.J. Spiller is confident his ailing ankle will be back to 100 percent soon.
"I can tell that it's definitely healing," said Spiller. "I haven't had any setback, so I'm just going to continue to do what I do and get treatment and take it day by day. It's responding well."
"I definitely wasn't 100 percent,” he said. “It's all about having that confidence to cut off it and that's the biggest hurdle I face each week going into the game. It definitely felt better than last week, but I still feel like I'm not exploding like I normally do."
With Buffalo’s bye week not until Week 12, it will be over a month before Spiller can rest the ankle for any measurable period of time. The Bills feature back however, is confident the ankle will be healthy before then.
"I think it'll be something that'll be healed up before the bye week," said Spiller. "I don't think it's going to be something that's going to linger into November. It's getting better and better each week and as long as it continues to do that I'll be fine. There are a couple of more hurdles that I have to get over, but I can definitely see the finish line of me getting back to 100 percent quickly."
It's not just the ankle. The new Bills regime hasn't used Spiller in the same (effective) ways that Chan Gailey did. Through six weeks, he's averaging just 2.3 targets per game, down from 3.6 T/G in 2012.
Friday, October 11, 2013, 7:18pm
Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 6. As of Wednesday, Spiller reportedly still had a "bit of a limp," but it's a good sign that he was able to practice all week. HC Doug Marrone said that he's "progressing much better this week." Both Spiller and Fred Jackson should be decent starts despite a so-so matchup against the Bengals. The Bills are likely to be very run-heavy with Thaddeus Lewis under center.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 6:55pm
Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Spiller reportedly still has a "bit of a limp," but it's a good sign that he's at practice. Fred Jackson may be a better start yet again; Jackson is currently the #7 RB in standard formats.
It doesn't say a whole lot for Jeff Tuel, who stepped in for E.J. Manuel on Thursday night and didn't look very good. Lewis came over in a trade with Detroit in the offseason, and has decent running ability, but will have a tough matchup against the Bengals in Week 6. Look for WRs Steve Johnson and Robert Woods to take a hit in our rankings this week. The Bills will likely give RBs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson plenty of work, and both looked good against Cleveland after coming in a bit banged up.