Bills' C.J. Spiller blames struggles on high-ankle sprain


This was supposed to be the season C.J. Spiller established himself as one of the best running backs in football.

It didn't quite work out that way. Spiller suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 4 and was never the same. He spent the season splitting carries with Fred Jackson, a substantial disappointment given the huge expectations.

Spiller doesn't believe he missed his opportunity to establish himself as Buffalo's bell cow back.

"I don't have any concerns or any doubts what my role will be," said Spiller, according to the Bills' official website. "I think we just had an obstacle in the road when I got injured in Week 4. It kind of hindered some of the things that we were able to do with me. When you keep coming in and out of games, it's hard to really get a guy going like that."

It's hard to imagine Spiller shaking free of his time share with Jackson, who enjoyed a nice bounce-back season and will return. Still, Spiller showed us in 2012 he has the ability to be one of the game's best playmakers out of the backfield. When healthy, he's going to eat.

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