PITTSFORD, NY (WKBW) - The following are quotes from the Buffalo Bills following Monday's morning practice.
RB C.J. Spiller
AM PRACTICE – Aug. 16
On RBs Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch getting injured:
You never want to see two great guys go down like that. But you always have to be prepared and I’ve been preparing myself well-enough by studying my playbook, just going and getting the reps and then meeting with some guys, listening to them on how to do things. I feel a whole lot more comfortable going into this game than I did last week because it was my first game. I just have to step up.
On how he’s fitting in to the offense:
I communicate well, and for protections, we’re on the same page. That’s the main thing of being an offense, you have to talk to each other, give each other feedback of what’s going on out there. We did some of that during the game last week and hopefully that continues as we prepare for this week.
On if his role will change in light of the injuries to Jackson and Lynch:
I haven’t talked to the coaches at all. I just have to be ready for the reps that I’m getting. It doesn’t matter to me, if I have to play the whole game, I will. It’s football. This is what I love to do. I haven’t talked to them with how many [reps] I’m going to take. I just have to prepare myself as if I’ll play the whole game.
On what his mindset is about his role on the team now:
My mindset is when a man goes down, like I said, you never want to see it, but you have to prepare yourself as if you’re next in line. That’s kind of how I’ve been doing it. That’s how I did OTAs, that’s how I did it in minicamps. That’s how I’m going to approach this. We had two great guys go down so I’m the next guy in line, and I’ll try and step up. They’re big shoes to try and fill but I’m going to try and do my best. But Fred (Jackson) and Marshawn (Lynch) do a great job of communicating with me and hopefully with the team.
On if his role on special teams will change:
I’m not sure. I love special teams. If I’m asked to return kicks, that’s what I have to do. I’m in pretty good shape so I don’t think fatigue would be a big issue. The only time a guy gets hurt is when they go out and play timid. I’m going out there and play full-speed, no hesitating at all.
RB Fred Jackson
AM Practice – August 16, 2010
On the disappointment of his hand injury:
It’s a huge disappointment. I want to be out here. It is training camp, but I want to be here doing whatever I can to help the team. Unfortunately, I’m sidelined for a little while, and you can’t do much standing on the sidelines.
On how much time he might miss because of the injury:
All [the doctor’s] are saying is four to six weeks. Hopefully, it won’t be that long. I want to get back as soon as I can. My thoughts, is that I definitely want to be back by the opener, so that’s what I’m shooting for anyway.
On if the coaches have a good idea of what running back is going to be doing what, when the start of the season rolls around:
Well, I think so. We’ve had the chance to put in a little bit of work before we did go in to that first preseason game, but I think he saw just enough to where he did have some kind of role that he wanted to use us for. Hopefully, we can pick up where we left off when I do come back.
On how much it hurts the team that both himself and RB Marshawn Lynch went down with injuries:
It’s tough. That’s why you’ve got to stay ready and stay in the playbook because your number gets called at any given time. He’s [C.J. Spiller] is preparing to be the No. 1 back while we’re gone. So, hopefully he can pick up things and keep the offense moving.
On if his injury is a broken hand:
Yes. I broke a bone in my hand. That’s what it is right now and hopefully, like I said, I can get back by the opener.
On if it happened of the second play from scrimmage vs. the Redskins:
It did, that was the second play. I tried to stay in there. I didn’t know what it was at first, but I did come out and did get x-rays, and it was broken.
On if it was a bigger or smaller bone in his hand:
I don’t know. It’s the fourth metacarpal, that’s the one that I broke. I think it’s one of the smaller bones. Hopefully I can get back out there soon.