Inside The Bills

Spiller has “outside chance”

Posted by Chris Brown on November 24, 2010 – 4:34 pm

Bills RB C.J. Spiller did not practice Wednesday, but head coach Chan Gailey gives him an “outside chance” to play on Sunday.

Gailey said on Monday that they were going to err on the side of caution with Spiller regarding his hamstring injury, which he sustained against the Lions in Week 10.

Spiller wants to get back on the field, but talked about being smart and possibly having to put his pride aside and sit out another week.

“I’ve just got to see that my hamstring is back to full strength and that I’m full speed and I can make my normal cuts,” said Spiller. “I can’t go out there and be timid where in the back of my mind I’m thinking about what would happen if I need to kick it into an extra gear. So the main thing is seeing if I can go full speed without second guessing the extra gear when I need it.”

Hamstring injuries are troublesome because though players can jog and sometimes even run with a hamstring strain when at a constant speed, that’s not how football is played.

Football has a lot of short burst activity to it with plays usually lasting only about 4-8 seconds.

When a running back like Spiller has to accelerate through a hole or dart with a burst of speed to elude a defender, that’s when the hamstring is most susceptible to being pulled again, if it is not fully healed.


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