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C.J. Spiller on being scratched Sunday: 'I wasn't ready'

By Tim Graham

NEW ORLEANS -- C.J. Spiller said throughout the week he wanted to play on his sprained left ankle. The only way to keep him off the field would've been for the Bills to deactivate him.

Bills coach Doug Marrone did just that, scratching Spiller for the first time in the running back's career. Spiller had played 44 straight games, the fifth-longest active streak among all running backs.

"I wasn't ready," Spiller told me outside the locker room. "It was Coach Marrone's decision. I respected that.

"Everybody knew that I wanted to play. I wanted to help us win. But it was best for me so I can get back to playing normally."

Spiller has appeared on the Bills' injury report five straight weeks.

His season has been statistically disappointing. Spiller has rushed for 362 yards and a 4.0 average per carry with one touchdown. He has only 14 catches for 36 yards and zero touchdowns.


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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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