NFL Rumors: Will C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson Both Play Sunday?

By Christopher Gamble


Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

There are some NFL rumors floating around that both Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller will play Sunday for the Buffalo Bills against the New England Patriots.

Jackson has been out since spraining his knee in Week 1 against the New York Jets.  That opened the door for C.J. Spiller to put on a show until he strained his shoulder against the Cleveland Browns last week.

Now, it appears the Bills have gone from looking at Tashard Choice being their starting running back to deciding who will get the lion’s share of carries on Sunday, Spiller or Jackson?  This is obviously a good problem to have.  Barring any setbacks, it appears the Bills will have their choice of running backs.

What will remain to be seen is how effective Jackson and Spiller will be with their injuries.  There is no way either of them will be 100 percent but they can both be kept fresh by splitting carries.  Choice also had 91 yards rushing against the Browns last week which does make him a very nice number three option just in case.

Ideally, head coach Chan Gailey would love to have both Jackson and Spiller split the carries, each bringing a dynamic element to keep the Patriots defense off balance and hopefully open up the passing game for Ryan Fitzpatrick.  However, both of his star running backs are one hit away from being kept on the sidelines and it will be up to Gailey and offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins to devise an attack that gets the most production out of his two best weapons while keeping them fresh and healthy.

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