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NFL: Bills RB C.J. Spiller Returns After Short Leave
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NFL: Bills RB C.J. Spiller Returns After Short Leave

Sep 2 2013, 6:31pm CDT | by

Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller returned to team practice on Sunday after being on leave for a week due to an incident involving his step-grandfather in Florida.

Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller is back. Spiller returned to Bills practice on Sunday after being on leave for a week due to an incident involving his step-grandfather in Florida, per Jay...

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NFL: Bills RB C.J. Spiller Returns After Short Leave

Sep 2 2013, 6:31pm CDT | by

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Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller returned to team practice on Sunday after being on leave for a week due to an incident involving his step-grandfather in Florida.

Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller is back.

Spiller returned to Bills practice on Sunday after being on leave for a week due to an incident involving his step-grandfather in Florida, per Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News. Hubert Allen, Jr. went on a shooting spree on August 24, killing two people and wounding two others before turning the gun on himself. 

Spiller spoke about the ordeal, saying it was an emotional time for him. He also thanked the Bills, which he deemed a "first-class" organization, for their support.  

"It was very emotional. If anyone in here has ever lost someone close to them - I'm sure they have - a grandparent or whatever, then you have a feel for the emotions of what I was going through. 

"It speaks volumes to the type of organization we have here. I was texting those guys, checking up on them and they were checking up on me. I was letting them know I was doing pretty good. So I...just want to thank everybody for the privacy for the most part for our family, as we were grieving."

According to Union County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office spokesperson Lt. Lyn Williams via USA Today Sports, the 72-year-old Allen took his own life at his residence after he killed two men, including 80-year-old Marvin Pritchett, the owner of the Pritchett Trucking Company where Allen had been working for some time. 

Spiller played and even scored on a 2-yard touchdown run in their 30-7 preseason loss to the Washington Redskins on the day of the unfortunate incident. 

He said his running back group was the first to know about it. 

"My running back group, Fred (Jackson) was the first one that knew. He came right up to me and he held his support. Coach (Tyrone) Wheatley was (also) up there talking to me and giving me support, just letting me have some moments to myself." 

Regarding his return, Spiller said he wantedto be around his team in spite of the tragedy. 

"I wanted to be around my guys. I wanted to come and practice with these guys and get ready for New England. I understand that it is a tragic incident that took place. It's going to take a while to cope with it. But at the same time, I can't forget the task and the goal and the dreams that we have here as a team and as an organization. I want to be part of that."

The 26-year-old Spiller was the ninth overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Bills. He is entering his fourth NFL season, so far amassing 2,088 yards on 388 carries for a 5.4 yards-per-carry average, per ESPN stats. 

 
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2 weeks ago

C.J. Spiller: "Rehab's Going Really Well"

Nov 4 2014 4:00pm CST | Source: Buffalo Bills

RB C.J. Spiller speaks about the rehab process and not ruling out a return for this year. ...
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2 weeks ago

C.J. Spiller: "Rehab's Going Really Well"

Nov 4 2014 4:00pm CST | Source: Buffalo Bills

RB C.J. Spiller speaks about the rehab process and not ruling out a return for th ...
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2 weeks ago

Bills’ Spiller not sure he’ll be ready this season

Nov 3 2014 2:44pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — C.J. Spiller’s spirits are high even though the Buffalo Bills running back says it’s too early to determine whether his surgically repaired collarbone will be healed before the end of the season. Speaking on Monday for the first time since being hurt two weeks ago, Spiller declined to put a percentage on his chances of playing once he’s eligible to return in Week 16. He was hurt in a ...
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2 weeks ago

Bills’ Spiller not sure he’ll be ready this season

Nov 3 2014 2:44pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — C.J. Spiller’s spirits are high even though the Buffalo Bills running back says it’s too early to determine whether his surgically repaired collarbone will be healed before the end of the season. Speaking on Monday for the first time since being hurt two weeks ago, Spiller declined to put a percentage on his chances of playing once he’s eligible to return in Week 16. He was hurt in a 17-16 win over Minnesota, when he was tripped up from behind and la ...
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2 weeks ago

Bills’ Spiller not sure he’ll be ready this season

Nov 3 2014 2:44pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — C.J. Spiller’s spirits are high even though the Buffalo Bills running back says it’s too early to determine whether his surgically repaired collarbone will be healed before the end of the season. Speaking on Monday for the first time since being hurt two weeks ago, Spiller declined to put a percentage on his chances of playing once he’s eligible to return in Week 16. He was hurt in a 17-16 win over Minnesota, when he was tripped ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 weeks ago

Bills’ Spiller not sure he’ll be ready this season

Nov 3 2014 2:44pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — C.J. Spiller’s spirits are high even though the Buffalo Bills running back says it’s too early to determine whether his surgically repaired collarbone will be healed before the end of the season. Speaking on Monday for the first time since being hurt two weeks ago, Spiller declined to put a percentage on his chances of playing once he’s eligible to return in Week 16. He was hurt ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 weeks ago

Fred Jackson trying to come back sooner rather than later; no fantasy value just yet

Nov 3 2014 1:13pm CST | Source: SBNation

Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson still has no solid timetable on his return. We break down the fantasy implications. There's still no concrete timetable on when Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson will be able to return to the team. Jackson sustained a groin injury in Week 7 and the initial prognosis was that it would take around four weeks to heal up. That time hasn't passed yet, but there a ...
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3 weeks ago

How Should Bills Adjust Offense in Light of Struggles on Ground?

Oct 29 2014 2:01pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Buffalo Bills entered the season with one of the best one-two punches at running back in the entire league. Eight games later, they sit near the bottom of the league in nearly every rushing category. Injuries to Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller haven't helped the cause, but the Bills running game was struggling before either of them went down with their respective ailments. It may be time to adjust how the Bills are attacking opposing defenses. It's tough to be overly critical ...
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3 weeks ago

Anthony Dixon, Bryce Brown, Frank Summers' Post-Week 8 Fantasy Reaction

Oct 26 2014 4:27pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Buffalo Bills were without their top two running backs in Week 8. Squaring off against the New York Jets ensured that Buffalo didn't miss a beat in terms of overall offensive production, though. Sunday's lopsided AFC East affair that went in the Bills' favor, 43-23, saw the victors benefit from six Jets turnovers but struggle to get their ground game going against a stout New York front seven. It turns out the combination of Anthony Dixon, Bryce Brown and Frank Summers ...
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3 weeks ago

Bills’ Dixon starting at RB for Jackson vs Jets

Oct 26 2014 11:16am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Buffalo’s Anthony Dixon is starting at running back in place of the injured Fred Jackson, and wide receiver Percy Harvin is making his debut with the New York Jets. Dixon gets the nod Sunday with Jackson inactive with a groin injury and C.J. Spiller possibly out for the season with an injured collarbone. Bryce Brown is also active for the first time this season. Kraig Urbik replaces rookie Cyril Richardson at left guard after Kyle O ...
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