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NFL's leading rusher C.J. Spiller out with shoulder injury


By Tim Graham

CLEVELAND -- Seven quarters after the Buffalo Bills lost running back Fred Jackson to a sprained knee, his backup-turned-NFL-rushing-leader C.J. Spiller was carted off the Cleveland Browns Stadium field.

Spiller is out with what officially has been called a shoulder injury. He was taken to the locker room for X-rays and will not return.

He was hurt on a clean play in the first quarter. He caught a screen pass for 25 yards (a holding penalty moved it back) and was brought down by Browns defensive back Usama Young.

Spiller's left shoulder was driven into the ground and Young landed on top of him.

Spiller entered the game as the NFL's leading rusher with 292 yards and a 10.1-yard average. He ran four times for 16 yards and had a 32-yard catch-and-run before the injury.

Tashard Choice has replaced him.

(Photo: Associated Press)

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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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