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Bills notebook: Spiller held to small gains while seeking big plays

Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller said he displayed some impatience in his running style in Sunday’s loss to New England.

“I kind of went back to some of my old stuff,” Spiller said, referring to his rookie season. “That was really the biggest thing when I said I was disappointed. I went back to some of my old habits. I wasn’t letting the offensive line do their job. I was rushing stuff.

“But the great thing about it is they’re very correctable,” Spiller said. “That’s the thing I’ve been getting preached on: Just do the little things, take my time, tempo and then whenever I make a decision just go with it. I think Sunday, there was just so much going on.”

Spiller rushed 17 times for 41 yards, a 2.4-yard average. Eleven of his runs were for 2 or fewer yards.

“Just wanting to go out there and – I don’t want to say prove anything – but try to make too many plays,” Spiller said. “I was forcing it instead of just letting that big play come. I was looking for that big play each time, and it hurt us, and it hurt me. … I have to start taking what they give me.”

Spiller said cutback lanes were open.

“There was a couple plays where I could’ve got probably 3 or 4 yards, where I tried to get outside. That was just me trying to be impatient, trying to revert back to some of my old habits.”


Sunday’s game against Carolina is expected to be sold out in time for today’s 1 p.m. deadline to lift the local television blackout. There were about 1,600 tickets left early Wednesday.


Bills safety Jairus Byrd (foot) was limited in Wednesday’s practice. Rookie kicker Dustin Hopkins (groin) did not practice. Neither did Doug Legursky (knee), Ron Brooks (foot), Stephon Gilmore (wrist) and Marquise Goodwin (hand).

For Carolina, one starter – defensive end Dwan Edwards – did not practice due to a sore hamstring. Three other starters were limited – linebacker Jon Beason (knee), strong safety Mike Mitchell (calf) and guard Amini Silatolu (hamstring). Also not practicing were No. 2 tight end Ben Hartsock (foot) and No. 3 running back Kenjon Barner (foot).


Based on the initial prognosis, Gilmore’s wrist injury could keep him out another four to six games.

“It feels better,” said Gilmore, wearing a brace on his wrist. “I got pins in it, so it’s kind of stiff. But it feels better than when I first had the surgery.”

Gilmore was hurt in the third preseason game. He called the incident “friendly fire” because it happened when he and Bills safety Aaron Williams collided while combining to tackle Washington receiver Aldrick Robinson.

Gilmore said the injury shouldn’t inhibit him from jamming receivers when he comes back.

“I don’t think so,” Gilmore said. “Trainers said I should be good. I’ll probably have a little pad on it at first. Then I’ll go from there.”

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