C.J. Spiller questionable for Thursday night vs. Browns

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

C.J. Spiller is 50-50 to play Thursday. (USATSI)
C.J. Spiller is 50-50 to play Thursday. (USATSI)

For all those who were hoping -- nay, expecting -- C.J. Spiller to rip away once and for all the featured Bills running back spot from Fred Jackson, the 2013 season has been a disappointment.

Spiller has more carries than Jackson so far this (66 to 48), but Jackson has more rushing yards (256 to 230), and Spiller's yards per carry average is a subpar 3.5. As surprisingly well as rookie quarterback EJ Manuel has performed, Spiller hasn't proved that he's the most important player on the Buffalo offense. Unlike last season when he gained 1,244 rushing yards with the injured Jackson missing six games.

More bad news, then, for Spiller on Wednesday: after heavily limping around the locker room after practice earlier this week -- the effects of an ankle injury that occurred in Week 4 -- Spiller is questionable to play Thursday vs. the Browns.

Meanwhile, Jackson, with a knee injury, is probable to play.

Though this news would make Spiller 50-50 to take the field, he said earlier this week that he didn't need to be 100 percent in order to play. “If I can get to 80-85 percent," he said, "that'll be good.”

Spiller didn't practice Monday or Tuesday, and he was limited Wednesday. What that mean? I guess we'll have to see.

"It felt good. To be honest, I didn't think I would be able to jog today. So that was an encouraging sign," Spiller said Tuesday.

Being questionable on the injury report the day before a game: not quite as encouraging.

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