Reports have surfaced that Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller is nursing a high ankle sprain. Bill’s head coach Doug Marrone is either playing mind games mentioning that Spiller might play in Week 9 or the report that the sprain is high is incorrect. Generally, a running back with a high ankle sprain will suffer through rehab for weeks.
Trying to run on the ankle is a bad idea. Often, testing or pushing the ankle leads to inflammation and aggravation of the injury that can cost even more healing and rehab time. When we take a quick peak into the Bills’ backfield, we find running backs Fred Jackson and Tashard Choice.
Jackson isn’t a surprise. People have been seeing him as a veritable handcuff to Spiller since fantasy draft day. Jackson has filled in admirably through the course of the season both spelling and filling in for Spiller when called upon. He is also old and has a knack for getting dinged up.
Jackson is a little bit like an old meat loaf that has been left over in the fridge for a while. You give it a sniff and it doesn’t smell like it’s turned bad yet, but you’d be foolish to blindly trust you’d be okay if you ate it. If it’s true that Spiller does indeed have a high ankle sprain, then I think you still have to dip your toe into the waiver wire to grab Choice even if you do own Jackson.
Last week when filling in on spot duty, Choice racked up 35 yards on seven carries. That’s a five yard per carry average for relatively young legs in a run-heavy offense.