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Bills vs. Vikings: C.J. Spiller Set To Return To Lineup

Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey confirmed on Monday afternoon that rookie running back C.J. Spiller will return to the lineup this weekend, when the Bills take on the Minnesota Vikings.

"C.J. will be back this week," said Gailey.

Spiller's return will be a welcome addition for a Bills offense that has maintained production, but lost a great deal of speed and big-play potential with both Spiller and Roscoe Parrish out of the lineup. Spiller injured his hamstring early in Buffalo's Week 10 win over Detroit, and has essentially missed the last three games. A broken hand landed Parrish on IR; he, too, has been out of the lineup for three weeks.

While players like David Nelson (six receptions since Week 10), Donald Jones (eight, one TD) and Quinton Ganther (eight carries, 24 yards) have stepped up and made plays in the interim, the lack of big-time speed has made Buffalo's offense more predictable, and has made it harder for Lee Evans to have an impact. As the only speed player on the field, defenses have been able to negate Evans' effectiveness over the past month.

Meanwhile, with Spiller out of the lineup, Fred Jackson has enjoyed the most productive three-game stretch of his career. Since Week 10, Jackson has rushed for 308 yards (at 5.3 yards per rush), added 154 receiving yards (at 11 yards per reception), and scored five total touchdowns.