The Buffalo Bills took on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday without star running back C.J. Spiller. He has been dealing with a sprained left ankle that hasn’t quite yet healed.
“I wasn’t ready,” Spiller said, via the Buffalo News. “It was coach [head coach Doug] 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.”
There has been speculation that Spiller and Marrone aren’t agreeing or seeing eye-to-eye, but Spiller denied that last week.
“I have no problem with Coach Marrone,” Spiller told Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. “I think we have a great relationship. Concerning my injury, I think we’re both on the same page. He wants what’s best for me, and he also wants what’s best for this team. He’s going to make the right decision. And I’m going to back him. So there’s definitely no feud, no miscommunication.”
However, the fact that he wasn’t ready to play is surprising considering his comments last week. He has been playing through an injury before Sunday as well.
“I thought during individual drills I was able to do a lot of stuff without even a limp. That really surprised me,” Spiller said. “So everything is pointing up in the north direction.”