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C.J. Spiller insists usage not a touchy issue for him

By Tim Graham

C.J. Spiller has not and likely won't meet with Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett about how the running back is being used.

"No," Spiller said, "I've never done that in my whole career. I've never sat down with the offensive coordinator.

"Probably from the outside, people would say, 'Well, you need to do it.' But since I've been playing football I never done it. I didn't do it in high school, didn't do it in college. I don't think I'm going to change now."

Union County High coach Buddy Nobles or Clemson coach Dabo Swinney almost certainly didn't limit Spiller to 33 percent of his team's plays.

But the Bills used Spiller on 22 of their 67 snaps in Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Spiller had 11 touches, eight rushes for 23 yards and three catches for 11 yards.

Spiller has been battling various injuries and played 29 percent of the snaps a week earlier against the Kansas City Chiefs. But he seemed to be sufficiently healed, turning his 14 touches into 155 yards from scrimmage.

"I just go in when I'm told to go into the game," Spiller said.

Asked about his frustrations, Spiller replied, "I'm just frustrated that we're on a three-game losing streak. I'm not frustrated with the amount I done touched. I'm just sick and tired of the losing."

Marrone defended the team's backfield deployment by pointing out the Bills rank eighth in rushing and are the only team with two 500-yard rushers.

"Both of those players are playing well," Marrone said. "So when both of those guys are in there, I view both of those guys as No. 1s for us.

"I've always said it from the beginning when I had the job that I like to different backs, two different styles. That's what we have. If someone would ever get the hot hand, I would keep him in there and going. But until then, until someone gets extremely hot, I'm going to keep playing both of those players."

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C.J. Spiller | Doug Marrone | Fred Jackson | Nathaniel Hackett
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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

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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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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