RB C.J. Spiller - Buffalo Bills
|5-11, 196||Born: 8-15-1987||College: Clemson||Drafted: Round 1, pick 9|
News you need to know
From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 20): Spiller broke his collarbone on Sunday and is out for the foreseeable future. His broken collarbone may require a surgical repair - further evaluations are ongoing as of Monday.
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): Spiller broke his first big run of the season and his collarbone. His 2014 is likely over, and you can drop him.
General News (Tue Oct 21): underwent surgery Monday, Oct. 20, to repair the broken collarbone he suffered in Week 7 against the Minnesota Vikings. Head coach Doug Marrone said Sunday, Oct. 19, that Spiller will be out "an undetermined time." The Bills placed Spiller on short-term Reserve/Injured Tuesday, Oct. 21.
Week 8: at New York Jets
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. 'This is the opportunity I've been waiting for, to get back in that workhorse role and show people what I can do,' Anthony Dixon said after the game last Sunday. 'I feel like I really didn't get labeled right coming out of college. People tried to do something else with me, make me somebody that I really wasn't. ... Put me in short-yardage, say I couldn't run routes or I ain't got hands. I don't see what they're seeing. I'm ready for the opportunity.' However, the Bills also have Bryce Brown to bring into the mix, and head coach Doug Marrone said he has 'no problem bringing up' Brown from the practice squad. Fred Jackson predicted the team 'wouldn't miss a beat' with Brown in the lead role. There will be jockeying for position/touches between Dixon and Brown this week - stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News for the latest on this developing situation as the weekend games come closer in time. Both will get opportunities to prove what they can do with both C.J. Spiller (broken collarbone, out indefinitely but probably for the season) and Jackson (out due to a groin injury for 3-4 weeks) injuries. The Jets' rush D started off the year with a bang, but has faded to eighth in the NFL allowing an average of 88 yards rushing per game, with two rushing scores handed out as of Week 8. Last week, the Jets held the Patriots to 16/53/0 rushing as a team (but dual-threat back Shane Vereen scored twice as a pass receiver) - Denver had 33/138/0 rushing vs. the Jets two games back. This is a tough but not impossible matchup for Brown and Dixon. NFC East games are always hard-fought, unpredictable affairs.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 5 vs DET (9 / 7 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
A day to forget, CJ Spiller was absolutely shut down by the Lions on Sunday as nearly all of his impact came on two passing plays. Spiller's long play on the day came via the screen and may have been OC Nathaniel Hackett's lone successful design at getting Spiller in space. The play call was spot on and the line executed it masterfully as Spiller was able to weave through traffic on the catch. There seemed to be a lack of urgency on Spiller's part (the pass appeared destined for more than 15 yards), but it's likely that spawned from his other 12 touches. Certainly never one of his strongest traits, Spiller's other big impact came when he was asked to pick up a blitzing Ashlee Palmer who had come free on Orton's blindside. Spiller's effort was pitiful as he barely nicked the backer despite appearing to be in position to do considerably more and Palmer easily dropped the quarterback for a sack. Spiller did receive 10 carries on Sunday, just as many as Jackson, but there was just absolutely no production. The struggles were far from his fault as Spiller tried to maintain the integrity of the interior runs that never made it past the line of scrimmage. Even when he did bounce it wide Detroit always stretched the run out and never let Spiller get the edge. Frankly Spiller wasn't good in Detroit, but the interior play of the offensive line and Hackett's inability to create anything resembling space for the back played a massive role in his struggles.
2014 Week 6 vs NE (6 / 19 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After opening the game with a three-yard loss, CJ Spiller's day never really recovered as he received a season low six carries and lost his second fumble of the season. With the Bills essentially trying to run out the first half clock, Spiller finally found some running room as the Patriots sat back in a lax defense. Easily slipping through the line, Spiller angled right towards the sideline as he worked up field and appeared to be on his way out of bounds. Just before he could step out, however, Devin McCourty managed to put his helmet on the ball and popped it out of Spiller's hands. A bit unlucky on the placement of the hit, Spiller's luck worsened as the loose ball somehow stayed in bounds and Zach Moore was able to scoop it up. It was Spiller's longest play of the day, as it went for 15 yards, but proved to be costly both for the Bills (it led to a Pats field goal) and Spiller (only received two more carries the rest of the way). Given Spiller's struggles in the running game and his one target through the air, it's quite clear Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is still struggling to manufacture an offense that is space-friendly.
2014 Week 7 vs MIN (1 / 53 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
With Fred Jackson carted off the field and the backfield, mostly, to himself there was a calm to CJ Spiller's first carry that hasn't been seen since 2012. Working right, Spiller cut back at the line of scrimmage and immediately found the edge on the left side. Jets at full bore, Spiller seemed to be well on his way to reversing time and reminding everyone why he was deemed a top-10 pick in 2013 as he ran out the back of the end zone. And just like that, it was gone in a flash. A flailing attempt by Robert Blanton clipped just enough of Spiller's feet to have him tumbling down and as he hit the turf his shoulder absorbed the entirety of his momentum. Spiller immediately reached for his collarbone and just as quickly as he picked up those 53 yards, the same cart that took a distraught Jackson away was there to do the same to Spiller. It was later revealed Spiller did in fact break his collarbone and in all likelihood will miss the remainder of the season. Spiller also caught one pass on Sunday, picking up three yards as he lined up in the slot on the play and quickly curled up just beyond the line of scrimmage.
Latest NewsBills | C.J. Spiller placed on short-term IR (Tue Oct 21, 02:10 PM) - The Buffalo Bills placed RB C.J. Spiller (collarbone) on short-term Reserve/Injured Tuesday, Oct. 21. Our View: Spiller won't be eligible to return until Week 16. That's the fantasy championship week for most fantasy leagues out there, but he's a risky player to hold onto. We'll see the Bills move forward with Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown in some form of RBBC with Spiller out. Fred Jackson will also return at some point (before Spiller).
link to story Bills | C.J. Spiller undergoes surgery (Mon Oct 20, 02:57 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (collarbone) underwent surgery Monday, Oct. 20, to repair his broken collarbone. Head coach Doug Marrone said he will have to wait to hear from the doctors about a timetable. Our View: There's nothing official, but we wouldn't be surprised to see Spiller shut down for the year. He'll enter free agency next year coming off this collarbone injury. With his speed and big-play ability, there should be a few teams interested in the veteran back.
link to story Bills | C.J. Spiller out for season (Mon Oct 20, 08:26 AM) - Updating previous reports, Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (collarbone) is out for the season, according to a source. link to story Bills | C.J. Spiller to have surgery Monday (Sun Oct 19, 06:52 PM) - Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (collarbone) will have surgery Monday, Oct. 20, to repair the broken collarbone he suffered in Week 7 against the Minnesota Vikings. Head coach Doug Marrone said Sunday, Oct. 19, that Spiller will be out 'an undetermined time.' Our View: Surgery indicates a displaced fracture, which will put Spiller on the long end of broken clavicle return timelines, and possibly jeopardize his season.
link to story Bills | C.J. Spiller has broken collarbone (Sun Oct 19, 02:55 PM) - Updating previous reports, Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (collarbone) has been initially diagnosed with a broken collarbone. Our View: Spiller could return before the end of the season depending on the severity of the injury, but with his underperforming and the Bills sporadic usage of Spiller lately, he can be dropped in redraft leagues.
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