Maybe the Bills knew what they were doing when they took C.J. Spiller with the ninth overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. Like they were thinking, “Hey, we are the Bills. I know we are strong at running back, but knowing our luck, two of our guys will be hurt in the first preseason game.”
And that is what happened.
The crowded Bills backfield thinned out Friday night as Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch left the game with injuries.
Jackson will miss at least the remainder of the preseason with a hand injury, and it is too early to tell if the Bills starter from last season will need surgery. Lynch left with an ankle injury, which the Bills are downplaying right now, but I remember how an ankle injury ruined Michael Turner‘s 2009 season.
This certainly is not the way that Spiller wanted to get playing time, but he is going to get his opportunity. I had long felt that Spiller was going to make a huge impact for the Bills, even with Jackson and Lynch, and this might force the Bills hand.
Of course, I might be tempted to swath Spiller in bubble wrap for the remainder of the preseason, knowing the Bills luck.
The shame in all of this is that Jackson and Lynch were running pretty good on Friday night, and I had initially thought that the Bills could probably peddle Lynch away for some draft picks. That does not appear likely now.
Tough break. Somewhere Nick Bakay is crying inside, too.
– Adam Rank