A bit more bad news out of Buffalo today after an embarrassing loss to the Redskins on Friday.
Bills starting RB Fred Jackson will miss the rest of the preseason and possible the beginning of the regular season after suffering a hand injury in the first half of Friday’s game.
Back up running back Marshawn Lynch also went down in Friday’s game. Lynch suffered an ankle injury and is expected to be out 3-4 weeks. Ankle sprains are extremely tricky in the NFL. Some players recover fast from this type of injury, while other players are bothered by it for the rest of the year due to the lack of proper rest.
That leaves Chad Simpson and rookies Joique Bell, C.J Spiller and recently signed former Tulane RB Andre Anderson on the roster to carry the load for the rest of the preseason.
This may be great news or extremely bad news for C.J. Spiller. Obviously the media will turn to Spiller to carry the load and show that he was indeed worth the #9 overall pick in the draft, but now that both Jackson and Lynch are hurt, will the Bills take the risk and play Spiller more then the usually starters minutes during the preseason? So instead of having a chance to get use to the speed of the NFL with his new team, Spiller will be kept mostly on the sidelines not to end up on the injury report like his two teammates.
But it seems as if Spiller would love to have more carries as he told BuffaloBills.com.
“Of course the speed picked up another notch, but I’ve just got to get in my mind that I’ve just got to hit it and get going,” Spiller said. ”A couple of times I didn’t hit the holes as fast as I normally do. It was a good experience for me as to how it will be, so now I know what to expect come next week.”
It will be interesting in the next game what Coach Gailey has in mind for Spiller. Of course it would be wise not to overwork the rookie so he can be his #1 RB option, but you also want to see what Spiller can do in real game situations.
The Bills next preseason game is Thursday 8/19 as they play host to the Colts at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.