Bills place RB Spiller on IR to return list
The Buffalo Bills kept their options open with running back C.J. Spiller by placing him on the reserve injured/designated to return list, a day after he had surgery to repair a collarbone injury. The designation means Spiller would have the chance to resume practicing in six weeks, and return to action two weeks later, when the Bills travel to play Oakland on Dec. 21.
The Bills’ only other options were keeping Spiller on the roster or placing him on season-ending injured reserve.
Spiller’s long-term future was already uncertain in Buffalo before he was hurt. The 2010 first-round draft pick is completing the final year of his contract, and eligible to become a free agent this offseason.
Spiller posted a series of notes on his Twitter account saying he has faith the Bills will be in playoff contention once he returns.
Spiller and co-starting running back Fred Jackson were hurt in a 17-16 win over Minnesota on Sunday. Jackson is expected to miss four weeks with a groin injury.