The Buffalo Bills victory against the Cleveland Browns may have come with a price.
Although the Bills beat the Browns 24-14, running back C.J. Spiller was lost to a first quarter shoulder injury and did not return. Spiller was injured after catching a pass from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and bolting 25 yards before being tackled. He lay on the field in pain before being checked by medical personnel and being carted to the locker room.
Running back Tashard Choice, who played in relief of Spiller, had 91 yards on 20 carries.
Even with the loss of Spiller, the team still played well on both sides of the ball. The defense was solid, limiting the Browns to three-and-outs on their first three possessions. Newcomers Mario Williams and Mark Anderson recorded their first sacks of the year. The defense finished the game with four sacks total and limited the Browns to a ridiculous 33 rushing yards on 13 tries.
After a shaky second quarter, which saw both the Bills and Browns trading possessions, the Bills came out steady for the start of the second half. Fitzpatrick completed his third touchdown pass of the game after hooking up with wide receiving Stevie Johnson for a nine yard reception in the third quarter. Fitzpatrick finished the day 22-35 for 208 yards and three touchdowns.
The offensive line shined, delivering holes for Choice while keeping Fitzpatrick off the ground. he has yet to be sacked through three games.
Coach Chan Gailey said after the game Spiller's shoulder is not broken and that he should hopefully not miss more than a week or two. Fred Jackson is expected to miss at least one more week with his leg injury, so that leaves Choice and Johnny White as the backfield tandem for the time being.
The Bills improved to 2-1 and is tied for first place in the AFC East. They will play the New England Patriots next Sunday. The Browns fell to 0-3.
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