Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller sustained a shoulder injury on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns to become the second Bills back to sustain an injury. Fred Jackson is back to practicing today, and Spiller is reportedly “healing faster than expected” and could return to practice later this week, per sources close to Pro Football Talk.
The New England Patriots Week 4 opponents have been receiving excellent news on the injury front after initially being devastated by injuries to their two best offensive weapons. Spiller has performed exceptionally well in Jackson’s absence, but the Bills could be less inclined to play Spiller due to Jackson’s remarkably fast return from an LCL tear that was expected to cost him three to eight weeks (usually six). That’s toughness right there.
Spiller’s shoulder injury is less severe than initially thought, which explains the notion that he can return to play against the Pats in Week 4. He was supposed to miss one or two weeks with the injury, but it looks like he might not even miss a full week.
If he is able to practice tomorrow on a limited basis, then that bodes well for a Week 4 return. A return from Spiller next week will likely end up with him receiving a very limited role in the offense, unless if things progress that quickly for him. The toughness that Jackson has displayed has been incredible, and he could feasibly receive a full workload in Week 4 if he continues to heal at this rate. Both players can play on Sunday, but Jackson is definitely the more likely option to play at this point.
As always, monitor both situations closely because things change within minutes. I mean, the information I am typing at this moment might be outdated by the time you read it with how fast things change these days.
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