By Tim Graham
CLEVELAND -- Given all the Buffalo Bills' injuries lately, fans had to be relieved to see C.J. Spiller make a Spilleriffic touchdown run Thursday night.
Spiller has fought through various injuries and an uninspiring statistical start. He entered the FirstEnergy Field with a 3.5-yard average and zero touchdowns.
A left ankle injury made him questionable to play against the Cleveland Browns. If he was able to go, then he'd likely be restricted. He admitted after the game he was "right at 80 percent" health.
"Sometimes," Spiller said, "you have to play this game injured."
His touches were limited. His impact was not.
On the Bills' first drive after halftime, Spiller took a handoff from EJ Manuel and darted to the right side. The Browns' front seven were aggressive and clogged his lane, but Spiller made a slick move, cutting to the left. Tight end Scott Chandler and receiver T.J. Graham made key blocks.
Spiller wasn't touched until his teammates hugged him in the end zone. His 54-yard touchdown tied the game at 17.
"The offensive line did a great job blocking up front," Spiller said. "The biggest thing is that I pressed the line of scrimmage as much as I could. I was able to get a jump cut to the left and saw T.J. Graham do a great job blocking the corner.
"From then on, I just looked up at the Jumbotron. I knew my ankle wasn't 100 percent, but I was just seeing if I could outrun guys on a bum ankle."
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