When C.J. Spiller went down hard late in the first quarter of Sunday's game, many fans had the same question. How could the Bills go from, perhaps, the best running back tandem in the NFL to slim pickings in just three weeks? Thanks to some good news Monday, they may not have to ponder an answer.
In his regularly scheduled, day after game press meeting, Chan Gailey announced that Spiller's shoulder injury is not as bad as initially thought. The head coach would not go into specifics, but has not ruled him out for Sunday's game just yet.
"I think it is more of a chance that he will not than he will," Gailey said. He remains hopeful that the team's leading rusher will be on the field when the Bills visit the 49ers on October 7.
For the Bills, it's one out and one in. Just minutes before getting the news on Spiller, Fred Jackson announced there's a 70 to 75 percent chance that he'll be able to play Sunday. That is, of course, if it's up to him.
"I think that with the work that our training staff is doing, with the preparation trying to get me out there, and then you just focus in on trying to get back out there," Jackson said. "I think I have a really good shot. I like my chances."
Jackson has not practiced since suffering an LCL injury in the season opener, but did resume some work last week. He's hopeful to be back on the field when his teammates begin preparations for the Patriots Wednesday.
"I need to be out there I think to play," Jackson added. "I think that I will have that opportunity to get out there if I keep working and those guys keep doing the tremendous job they are doing, I will get out there."
For the second straight week, the Bills key to success came on the defensive side of the ball. Just like they did against the Chiefs, the Bills put together a solid pass rush. Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden went down four times. The unit also shut down Trent Richardson, holding him under 30 yards rushing. It's quite a difference from the season opener, when the Jets offense found the end zone four times against the Bills D.
"I think we're headed in the right direction," Mark Anderson said after the game. "I could just tell, me personally, I can just see the change in the defense. I can tell the change in how we play. We're playing at a high level right now."
"As we come along, we can get better and better," added Marcell Dareus. "It showed (Sunday) that we can be a great defensive group. We gotta keep it up and keep getting better."