When the Buffalo Bills travel to New Orleans to face the Saints, it is still unclear is running back CJ Spiller will be active. Spiller, who has been nursing an ankle injury for weeks, may be given the week off to better prepare for the second half of the season and hopefully a playoff push.
While Spiller wants to play on his ankle, the decision is in the hands of head coach Doug Marrone.
“He wants to go, but we’ve got to make good decisions,” said Marrone Thursday. “He doesn’t feel as good in my opinion. He might say it, but as far as how he’s looked… You see it during the game and you see it out here at practice. We’ve got to make a good decision, a tough decision.”
Even though Spiller is campaigning to play Sunday, if he is ruled out, he will not hold it against the coaching staff.
“I have no problem with coach Marrone. I think we have a great relationship. Concerning my injury I think we’re both on the same page,” said Spiller after not practicing for a second straight day Thursday. “He wants what’s best for me and also what’s best for the team. He’s going to make the right decision and I’m going to back him. There’s no feud, no miscommunication or missed dialogue.”
Spiller may want to play Sunday, but he does understand that his ankle is what has been holding him back so far this season.
"I think that’s where coach and I are on the same page,” said Spiller. “Everybody understands that speed and quickness are 98 percent of my game. If I’m not able to go out there and make a guy miss with my quickness it kind of works in their favor. But to me I think I can out run a lot of guys with a bad ankle. But the quickness and the cutting part is the hurdle I have to climb over.”
If Spiller is given the week off, Fred Jackson will be the starter for the Bills.
The Bills will play the Saints (5-1) in New Orleans at 1:00 p.m.
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