C.J. Spiller has yet to emerge as the superstar back everyone expected him to be in 2013. That’s frustrating enough for Buffalo Bills fans, but things were put in perspective Sunday night when the dynamic running back left the game with a leg injury.
Spiller was unable to get it going in the limited playing time he did see on Sunday. He was only able to gain nine yards on a total of nine carries as the New York Jets‘ defense was able to contain him easily. Despite his lack of production, Bills fans should be grateful that Spiller’s injury wasn’t more serious.
According to head coach Doug Marrone and C.J. himself, the thigh injury is very minor and Spiller is expected to play in Week 4 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Spiller’s lack of production so far this season has been a major letdown for the Bills and fantasy owners alike. C.J. has yet to rush for a touchdown, and has actually been outplayed through three weeks by the 32-year-old veteran Fred Jackson. In last night’s game, Jackson gained 67 yards on just 13 touches for an impressive average of just over five yards per carry.
Although much of Spiller’s early struggle (and Jackson’s subsequent success) can probably be attributed to opposing defenses game-planning specifically for Spiller, C.J.’s lack of playmaking so far this season has undoubtedly hurt the Bills.
Buffalo can only hope that Spiller is able to break out with a fittingly big game soon enough, although his chances for doing so against the Ravens’ stingy defense in Week 4 seem pretty slim.