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Bills RB C.J. Spiller put in a limited practice on Wednesday -- his 1st since breaking his collarbone on October 19.  “He looked good,” HC Doug Marrone said. “But he’s still working his way back into the football part of it.”  Spiller has a shot to play against the Raiders this weekend, but he'd likely see only a handful of touches.  He's only an option as a cheap flier in daily games.  Fred Jackson remains a solid RB2 for Week 16.

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The Bills on Monday activated RB C.J. Spiller from IR/designated to return. That means Spiller could play against Oakland on Sunday if the team wants to use him. It's tough to imagine Buffalo giving Spiller much of a workload, considering how shaky his usage was before the injury. Spiller doesn't look like anything more than a low-price DFS flier the rest of the way.

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Bills RB C.J. Spiller (collarbone) returned to practice on Wednesday, the 1st day he was eligible.  Spiller can be activated for Week 16, and it looks like he's on track to be ready then.  He'd be tough to trust in fantasy lineups in his 1st action since Week 7, though, despite a plus matchup against the Raiders.  Spiller averaged 57 total yards in his 6 full games.

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The Bills have placed RB C.J. Spiller (collarbone) on short-term IR. It makes him eligible to return for Week 16. We suppose Buffalo could bring him back if they're still in the playoff hunt then, but Spiller would be impossible to trust in fantasy championships. He can be dropped in all redraft leagues.

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Pro Football Talk reports that Bills RB C.J. Spiller will miss the rest of the season.  He's undergoing surgery on his broken collarbone tomorrow.  Spiller has a player option for about $2 million in 2015 but might choose to hit free agency.  He's been misused by Buffalo's current coaching staff.  We'll see how long RB Fred Jackson will miss with his groin injury, but expect Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon to handle RB duties for the Bills for the foreseeable future.

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Bills RB C.J. Spiller broke his collarbone in Sunday's game against the Vikings, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  That'll likely sideline him at least 6 weeks and might even send him to IR.  It looks like RB Fred Jackson will also miss time with a groin injury that "appears serious," per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  That'll leave Buffalo with Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon at RB.

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Bills RB C.J. Spiller injured his left shoulder at the end of a long run in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game.  He was in obvious pain, had to be carted off the field and was quickly ruled out for the game. This looks like a significant injury.  Buffalo already lost RB Fred Jackson today.  That leaves Anthony Dixon as the only healthy RB for the Bills.  RB Bryce Brown is a healthy scratch today but will be the best fantasy bet if Spiller and Jackson miss time.

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Bills RB C.J. Spiller carried 9 times for 36 yards and caught 3 passes for 23 more in Saturday's preseason game against Tampa Bay.  The 12 total touches gave him 3 more than RB Fred Jackson, who combined 5 rushing attempts with 4 receptions.  It reversed a trend that had seen Jackson get more work than Spiller entering the game, but coaches managed to get Spiller the ball in space against the Bucs.  It's encouraging for Spiller's regular-season usage and keeps us cautiously optimistic.  Spiller remains 1 of Buffalo's top playmakers -- probably the top playmaker -- so he needs to be featured in the game plan.  He's an upside pick in the 3rd round of your fantasy football draft.

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The Bills' coaching staff didn't quite seem to understand how to best utilize RB C.J. Spiller's diverse skill set last year.  That's no longer the case, according to insider Chris Brown.  OC Nathaniel Hackett is reportedly confident that he can maximize Spiller's talents.  Buffalo even seemed to figure out Spiller late last season, when he totaled 420 rushing yards, 89 receiving yards and 1 TD over his final 5 games.  We like Spiller as a bounce-back candidate, especially at his current 3rd-round price tag.

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Bills insider Chris Brown writes that "the offensive coaches seem eager to expand the ways in which [RB C.J. Spiller] will be used on the field this fall."  Of course, it's tough to believe anything coming out of Buffalo about Spiller's usage considering his frustrating 2013 campaign.  But it's worth noting that he was busy when healthy last year.  Spiller averaged 18.8 touches over his first 4 games and 17.5 over his final 6.  That type of workload would mean close to 300 touches over the course of 16 healthy games.  Remember that Spiller turned in a top-7 fantasy finish in 2012 with just 250 touches.  There's big bounce-back potential here this season.

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Bills RB C.J. Spiller is completely over the high-ankle sprain that limited him throughout the 2013 season.  “I don’t feel nothing, I feel great,” Spiller said. “This is the best I’ve felt since 2012 when I had that great year. The ankle feels wonderful."  2012, of course, saw Spiller tally 1,703 total yards and 8 TDs.  He has that type of upside this year and is a prime bounce-back candidate.

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Bills HC Doug Marrone was encouraged by the improvement he saw from RB C.J. Spiller at the end of the season. “We’ve been working on a couple of things,” Marrone said. “In the situations that we ran him this year it was different than the situations in which he was running the year before. I think the injury did play a factor in some of that production. But I did see him improve at the end of the year. I think he was able to in the season finale stick it up in there and break it and become more physical. Whether that was because of the injury and feeling much better, but there are signs of him having the ability to get to those numbers.”  Spiller popped off a pair of 100-yard rushing games over the final 5 weeks.  He averaged a juicy 5.4 yards per carry during that span.  The ankle injury Spiller suffered in Week 4 was a bigger problem than a new offense, but neither will be an issue in 2014.  Spiller will be a prime bounce-back target in fantasy drafts this summer.

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Bills RB C.J. Spiller seemed to be in the clear after turning in an impressive Week 10 performance and then being removed from the injury report.  But he totaled just 34 yards on 11 touches against the Steelers on Sunday.  HC Doug Marrone said the limited workload was based on game plan.  "Could increase, could decrease," Marrone said of Spiller's workload going forward.  "We'll see week to week."  It's tough to believes that bum ankle wasn't at least part of the reason Spiller remained shackled.  We noticed him hobbling on a few different occasions on Sunday.  He's back to risk/reward fantasy status for Week 11 against the Jets.  Buffalo has a Week 12 bye, which might finally get Spiller back to 100%.

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Bills RB C.J. Spiller is not listed on the Week 10 injury report.  He's finally over the ankle injury that has plagued him since Week 4.  Spiller turned in his best performance of the season this past Sunday, totaling 155 yards on 14 touches.  HC Doug Marrone confirmed that Spiller's workload will grow going forward.  He averaged 14.3 carries and 3 catches per game over the first 3 weeks.  Those look like good projections going forward.  Spiller is back to must-start status.

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Bills RB C.J. Spiller said his bum ankle is "very close" to 100% after Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.  "It's still not there, but it's definitely very close," he said. "Today was very encouraging to me.  My cutting ability and exploding off it was good, but tomorrow'll be a good day to see how it responds because this is the most work that's got since Week 4."  Spiller finished Sunday's game with 155 total yards on 14 touches.  He had runs of 61 and 29 yards, plus a 27-yard catch-and-run.  We did notice him limp off the field a few times, and we'll be keeping a close eye on the practice reports this week.  But Spiller is at least back to must-start RB2 status.  He gets the Steelers and Jets before a Week 12 bye.

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Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Chiefs.  He practiced all week after sitting out last Sunday’s game.  Spiller should be healthier but is still unlikely to be at 100%.  Consider him a risk/reward fantasy play. 

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Bills RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.  He practiced all week and obviously looked healthy enough to convince the coaching staff to throw him back on the field.  We can't believe Spiller is back to 100% until we see it, though.  He remains a risky fantasy option.  But with 6 teams on bye, he's a viable RB3 or flex dice roll.  Fred Jackson remains a solid RB2.

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