Running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson spearheaded a 207-yard rushing effort for the Buffalo Bills in their 23-20 Week 4 win over the Baltimore Ravens - but in doing so put their availability for Thursday night's game against the Cleveland Browns in jeopardy.
Spiller, who toughed out 77 yards on 23 carries yesterday, left the game in the fourth quarter with an injury to his lower left leg. He returned to the game briefly, but spent most of the waning moments of the fourth quarter on the sidelines. He told reporters following the game that he'd "do everything on my end" to play on Thursday night.
Jackson, meanwhile, left the game soon after Spiller went down with a knee injury that he'd call a sprained MCL. He, too, would return to the game for a short time, and also seems resigned to trying to play against the Browns while dealing with pain. Buffalo's leading rusher was excellent against the Ravens, toting the rock 16 times for 87 yards, with a 16-yard touchdown to put the Bills up 20-7 in the first half.
The last time the Bills played the Browns, in Week 3 of the 2012 season, Jackson was injured and Spiller left the field early with a shoulder injury. Tashard Choice carried the ball 20 times for 91 yards in a 24-14 win that day, but that also came against a much different Browns defense. It seems likely that we'll see Spiller and Jackson suit up on Thursday night, but we also may see a bit more Choice than we're used to under Doug Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett, as well.