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With starter Fred Jackson out at least a month with a broken left hand and backup Marshawn Lynch limping on a sore ankle, Spiller’s going to have to hit the ground running _ and receiving and returning punts _ for the remainder of the preseason at the very least.
“I haven’t talked to the coaches at all, but I’ve just got to be ready for however many reps I’m given,” the first-round pick said Monday. “It doesn’t matter to me if I have to play the whole game. This is football. This is what I love to do.”
Spiller, drafted ninth overall out of Clemson, spoke after the Bills returned to training camp for their first practice since a costly 42-17 preseason-opening loss at Washington on Friday. Lopsided score aside, the injury toll on the Bills‘ backfield was more significant.
Wearing a cast covering most of his lower left arm, Jackson revealed that he will miss four to six weeks after breaking a bone in his hand on the second play from scrimmage.
Jackson hopes it’ll be closer to four weeks, which would put him in a position to be ready for Buffalo’s opener Sept. 12 against Miami.
He was hurt at the end of a 7-yard run while attempting to brace himself as he was being pulled down by the facemask by safety Kareem Moore, who was penalized on the play. Tests taken over the weekend confirmed that Jackson broke the fourth metacarpal bone.
“It’s a huge disappointment,” said Jackson, who finished last season as the Bills‘ starter and led the team with a career-best 1,062 yards rushing. “Standing on the sideline, you can’t do much to help your team.”
“Any time you lose two really great players it’s a setback,” Gailey said. “That part is tough, but it happens all the time. It’s part of this business. You’ve got to deal with it and go on.”
The Bills host Indianapolis at Toronto on Thursday.
Rather than using Spiller as the featured running back, the Bills‘ intention was to use his dynamic potential in several roles, from splitting out as a receiver to using him in a two-back formation alongside either Jackson or Lynch.
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