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Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 09/24/2012

Bills RB C.J. Spiller out with shoulder injury; Fred Jackson continues “amazing” recovery


C.J. Spiller lies on the field after injuring his shoulder on a first-quarter run. (Tony Dejak - AP)
Healthy running backs are fast becoming an endangered species in Buffalo.

C.J. Spiller joined former starter Fred Jackson on the Bills’ growing list of wounded players when he injured his shoulder during the first half of Buffalo’s win against Cleveland.

But like Jackson, Spiller could be back earlier than expected.

CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora reports the Bills believe their talented third-year back suffered a strained AC joint, not a separated shoulder. As a result, Spiller could avoid a lengthy absence and return to action in “one-to-two weeks.”

Jackson is recovering far more quickly than expected from the right knee injury he suffered a Week 1 loss to the Jets and could return to practice this week.

“Fred will practice this week,” Bills Coach Chan Gailey said Monday. “I don’t know if it’ll be Wednesday or Thursday, but he should practice at some point this week. His recovery has been amazing.”


Tashard Choice is the next man up in Buffalo. (David Richard - AP)
In Jackson’s stead, Spiller, the No. 9 overall pick in 2010, produced consecutive 100-yard games. He joined Jim Brown as only the second running back to average 10 yards or better per carry through the first two weeks of an NFL season.

With Spiller out, veteran Tashard Choice stepped up with 91 yards on 20 carries. If Jackson can’t make it back in time, Choice should get the start Sunday against New England. Second-year back Johnny White, who had 15 yards on two carries against the Browns, would likely back him up.

“Tashard Choice is a pretty good back,” Gailey said. “I have no qualms about running with him.”

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