Sep 23, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) runs the ball as Cleveland Browns strong safety T.J. Ward (43) tries to tackle him during the first quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Bills Beat Browns, 24-14, But Lose C.J. Spiller To Shoulder Injury

Despite losing C.J. Spiller early to an injured shoulder, the Buffalo Bills held on to beat the Browns.

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Bills Vs. Browns Final Score: Buffalo Wins 24-14

Despite losing star running back C.J. Spiller in the first quarter, the Buffalo Bills beat the Cleveland Browns 24-14 on Sunday afternoon. With a strong defensive performance and the offense moving behind Ryan Fitzpatrick and back-up running back Tashard Choice, the Bills were able to win their first road game of 2012.

With Spiller in the lineup, the Bills got ahead early, leading 14-0 following a 32-yard touchdown catch by the running back. He injured his shoulder during the next series, though, forcing the team to depend on Choice as its primary ball carrier.

Choice came through, putting up 91 yards on 20 carries to keep Buffalo's rush offense alive. Fitzpatrick did his part as well, completing 22-of-35 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns, although he did lose a fumble in the second quarter.

The Browns trimmed Buffalo's lead to 17-14 late in the third quarter, but the defense held steady and Fitzpatrick led a 68-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Fantasy Studs/Duds: Fitzpatrick and Choice were the big fantasy players on Sunday, as the Browns' offense didn't play particularly well. Stevie Johnson was Buffalo's leading receiver with seven catches for 61 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Weeden passed for 237 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw two interceptions.

No player on the Browns had more than 45 yards receiving, and Trent Richardson was quiet all afternoon. The first round pick carried the ball 12 times for 27 yards, plus he caught six passes for 24 yards.

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Odds: The Bills were favored by three points, so they beat the spread.

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Injury Info: Spiller's shoulder injury is the big news. He's scheduled to have an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury, but the Bills could now be without their top two running backs for a while after losing Fred Jackson earlier in the year.

Next Up: The Bills will move on to play the New England Patriots next week as they look for a third straight win. The Browns face the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night.

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C.J. Spiller To Have MRI On Injured Shoulder

C.J. Spiller left Sunday's game early with a shoulder injury, and we hadn't gotten an update on the NFL's leading rusher until now.

Buffalo have now turned to third-string RB Tashard Choice in Spiller's absense, as the team lost starting RB Fred Jackson with an LCL injury in week one. Should Spiller miss significant time it will deal a huge blow to their offense, and to QB Ryan Fitzgerald, who utilized the elusive RB as an effective backfield receiver.

The Bills remain in control on Sunday's game, currently up 24-14 over the Cleveland Browns, but without Spiller their offense is clearly hurting, and they lack a much needed 'big play' ability in their offense. The Bills have turned to Choice, and he has been quite productive totaling 86 yards on 17 carries thus far.

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C.J. Spiller Injury: Bills RB Hurts Shoulder Vs. Browns, Will Not Return

After leading the Buffalo Bills to an early lead, running back C.J. Spiller has left Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns with an apparent shoulder injury. Spiller left the game after landing hard on his shoulder after a hit from safety Usama Young. He will not return, the team announced.


Spiller, the Bills' first round pick in 2010, has powered Buffalo's offense early in the season with Fred Jackson out, but now he may be joining him on the sidelines. It appears that the injury is to his left shoulder, as ESPN's John Clayton notes that Spiller's arm is currently immobile.

Spiller had carried the ball four times for 16 yards prior to his injury. He also caught two passes for 42 yards and a touchdown.

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C.J. Spiller Turns On The Afterburners

C.J. Spiller is getting a lion's share of the offensive workload for the Buffalo Bills with Fred Jackson out, and he's making the most of it.

The Clemson product is a threat anytime he sees the open field, utilizing quick cuts and powerful acceleration to pick up yards in bunches. All that is a nice way of saying, "The Cleveland Browns are in trouble on Sunday."


Spiller carried this screen pass 32 yards to put the Bills up a quick 14-0 over Cleveland.

The Browns' secondary is still reeling from injuries and the loss of top corner Joe Haden to a four-game suspension, and the Bills seem to have found the formula for success on offense. That's good news for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who tends to force things when his team is behind.

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