Certain coaches and players on the Bills have said over the past couple of weeks that running back C.J. Spiller must handle the ball more.
The Bills have no choice but to make that happen now.
After suffering a concussion during Sunday's loss to the Patriots, running back Fred Jackson has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Dolphins.
"Tests this morning were not as good as we had hoped and he had hoped," head coach Chan Gailey said of Jackson on Monday. "So he won't play."
Thus, Spiller will start and handle most of the touches out of the backfield.
This is what Spiller's owners have been waiting for, and it's taken too long to get here. Jackson has been productive, but Spiller is averaging more than seven yards per carry this season. He has clearly been the better RB and deserves this opportunity, even though it comes at a price. Spiller has topped 100 yards from scrimmage in four consecutive games and didn't get more than 18 touches in any of them. He should get at least 20 touches against the Dolphins and although Miami has a solid run defense, Spiller is locked in as an RB1 this week.