He doesn't need surgery but it looks like he could be out about a month. With C.J. Spiller perhaps out for the year, the Bills are suddenly shorthanded at RB and it looks like it's going to be up to Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixson to carry the load. Brown has a chance to get carries the rest of the season if Spiller is indeed out for the year, so he appears to be a worthy pickup for owners who need the help or just want to get deeper.
RB Fred Jackson will have an MRI Monday on his groin injury. It appears serious but he’ll know more Monday.
C.J. Spiller broke his collarbone in the game and reports have him out for the season. That left Anthony Dixon to take over as the team's main back. Bryce Brown, who came over from the Eagles in a trade, was inactive but could see a lot of work going forward. Brown is an interesting back. He was drafted by the Birds in the seventh round and is considered a bit raw. He showed flashes at times with the Eagles but did have some issues with ball security. Brown is a guy who could see a big workload in this offense and is worth a grab off your wire if you're struggling at the position.
Unfortunately, Spiller was ruled out for the remainder of the game with a broken collarbone, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, and will miss the rest of the season after Monday surgery, per a source who has spoken to Spiller.
With Jackson also hurt with a potentially serious groin injury (expected to miss four games), Bryce Brown could get called upon for a big workload going forward, along with Anthony Dixon who took over for Spiller and Jackson in Week 7. Brown is an interesting back. He showed flashes of greatness with the Eagles but ball security has always been an issue. He's considered a bit raw with not a lot of football experience through college which is how the Eagles got him in the seventh round, but the potential is certainly there and he's worth picking up off your wire.
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Spiller hasn't been used efficiently by the coaching staff, either. He's nothing more than a RB3/flex type given his limited usage behind the more effective Fred Jackson. Spiller can become a free agent next season.
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“Just trusting what my eyes see and not overthinking,” Spiller said, via the Buffalo News. “That’s been the biggest thing on my end, just overthinking it too much instead of going back to that little kid in the backyard, playing with his friends and having fun. I put so much pressure on it. It has nothing to do with this being the final year of my contract, it’s just overthinking and trying to make that play when I should have just taken what they’re giving us … and kept us out of the negative plays.”
The writing is on the wall in Buffalo. Spiller's production is down and his snaps are falling. Spiller has a player option for next season and it's highly unlikely that he'll stick around when he can likely get $3 million or more per season and a fresh start elsewhere. This coaching staff has proved that it has no idea how to use the career 4.9 YPC rusher.
A report on Monday said Brady's ankle injury was significant and needed a lot of therapy leading up to the Bills game. But as this story said, there's no indication how much it bothers him. It's assumed Brady will be a go Thursday at home against the Jets. With RB Stevan Ridley lost for the year, and the Jets weak against the pass, Brady could be in store for a nice night.
It's hard to blame the Bills from straying away from RB C.J. Spiller (12-of-69 snaps). Spiller was stopped for a 3-yard loss on the first play of the game, an avoidable play where Spiller ran away from the line of scrimmage at one point trying to elude a defender.
Spiller ran only twice after his late first-half fumble, although part of that was the scoreboard; the Bills were trailing more as the game progressed.
The team chose to put the ball in the hands of Fred Jackson who came in with an ankle injury. Jackson played on 52-of-69 snaps and recorded a TD. Spiller's workload continues to dwindle and he's becoming less and less of a usable fantasy option.
"I do not hold a medical degree. It may appear I do from time to time to you maybe, but I don't," Caldwell said, via ESPN.com. "The fact of the matter is I leave it up to the doctors. Those are the professionals. They know exactly what it takes.
"Them in conjunction with Calvin and how he feels, they treat not only symptoms of the situation but also the patient as well in terms of how he feels. So they'll let us know what's the best path to take."
If the Lions elect to continue sitting Johnson, the team wouldn't get Megatron back on the field until a Nov. 9 home date against the Miami Dolphins, the story said. Johnson has been slowed by a high ankle sprain originally suffered in Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers. Johnson was limited against the New York Jets the following week, then aggravated the injury while making his only catch of the game against the Buffalo Bills in Week 5.
According to two sources that spoke with Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran, the ankle injury that made Tom Brady questionable to play in Sunday's game with the Bills was significant and needed a lot of therapy to be ready by the time the Patriots kicked off in Buffalo.
Brady rolled his ankle on the foot of one of his offensive linemen during Friday's practice, and he was listed as a limited participant in the session. He was later deemed "questionable" for Sunday, indicating that there was a 50-50 chance he would play.
Many thought it was the Pats overplaying things leading up to the game but sounds like it was a legit injury for Brady. Ironically, Brady had his best game of the season on Sunday against the Bills. We're assuming there were no setbacks but it's something to keep an eye on when the injury report comes out. The Pats have a quick turnaround and play the Jets at home Thursday.
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Wide receiver Mike Williams was a surprise healthy scratch in Buffalo yesterday. It sounds like he would prefer to be playing elsewhere.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Williams' agent Hadley Engelhard was given permission to "gauge interest" from other teams to seek a trade, according to a source involved in the situation. Williams was not on the injury report last week, so the Bills chose to keep him on the bench in favor of Chris Hogan and Marquise Goodwin.
Bills general manager Doug Whaley said Monday the team is "not actively shopping" Williams, but confirmed that a trade was requested.
"If he gets me compensation worthy of a No. 1 receiver, which he claimed he is," Whaley said, "then we would entertain it."
Rapoport reported that the team needed more help on special teams Sunday because of injuries, so Williams wasn't active. Williams was a surprise first-team starter in the team's first preseason game with Robert Woods moved to the second team. But since then, Woods has taken over as the team's WR2 opposite Sammy Watkins. As the story goes on to say: it's hard to imagine Williams having any market. He's due $5.2 million guaranteed next year, which is a huge number for a guy that has 358 yards in 11 games since the start of the 2013 season. Williams isn't going anywhere; he's a sunk cost for Buffalo.
"Next week for sure," Bush said. "100 percent."
Bush suffered an ankle injury last week against the Bills and did not dress for Sunday's 17-3 win at TCF Bank Stadium against the Vikings. It was the third game he's missed due to injury since signing with Detroit last year.
If we can trust Bush, it means he'll be back to split work with Joique Bell in Week 7 against the Saints. Bell rushed for 74 yards and added a TD and Theo Riddick did his damage in the passing game adding a long receiving TD. Riddick was also injured but is expected back in Week 7 as well, but would likely take a backseat to Bush if he in fact does play.
Even better, he doesn't need a walking boot, indicating the injury isn't all that serious. Brady is officially listed as questionable for tomorrow's game against the Bills after the ankle popped up on the injury report for the first time yesterday afternoon.
It's only the fifth time Brady has been listed as questionable on an injury report, so that piqued the interest over the mystery ailment. He is 3-1 in the previous four games, including a perfect passer rating against the Lions on Thanksgiving in 2010. The lone loss happened in Week 1 against the Dolphins, though his balky calf was hardly the reason for that defeat.
Even with very little injury information surfacing in the past 24 hours, there was hardly any doubt Brady would play against the Bills with first place on the line, the story said. He has fought through some nasty injuries to his shoulders, ribs, hand and ankle in the past, and his toughness has never been questioned. It very well could be some gamesmanship being played by the Pats. Brady is coming off a pretty good game last week against the Bengals but is still only ranked 16th on our QB list this week.
Rookie receiver Sammy Watkins showed few limitations from an earlier rib injury in his seven-catch, 87-yard performance Sunday against the Lions and was taken off the injury report this week. "I think I'm 100 percent now," Watkins said Wednesday. "Now it's time to really unleash and make plays and get yards after the catch." The task will be tough Sunday, however, as Watkins said he "found out" that he'll be shadowed by Darrelle Revis throughout the game.
Watkins has a tough matchup this week as he'll likely see a lot of Patriots CB Darrelle Revis.
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