Spiller, who is dealing with an ankle injury that has impacted his play over the course of the last two weeks, has not lived up to preseason expectations after a stellar 2012 season, compiling just 362 yards on 90 carries. One of the biggest reasons that Spiller has been largely ineffective is the absence of rookie dual-threat quarterback EJ Manuel. Manuel was brought in to balance out an offense with the ability to run the Spread based read option offense. Without Manuel to this point in the season, the Bills running game has been seemingly anemic with quarterbacks Jeff Tuel and Thad Lewis under center.
Fred Jackson, who’s shown flashes this season of still being a higly productive back, is also dealing with an injury. Spiller was on the field for practice during warm ups and individual workouts, but left practice to work with the strength and condition staff. Jackson was physically present at practice, but did not participate.
Combined, Spiller and Jackson have a measly 742 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. Jackson has five total touchdowns, while Spiller has one lone rushing touchdown. However, Jackson is a clear threat in the passing game, currently ranking second on the team with 25 receptions for 215 yards.
Both backs are expected to play this Sunday in New Orleans, with Spiller likely to be listed as probable, while Jackson could be a game-time decision.
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