C.J. Spiller returns to Bills

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Bills running back C.J. Spiller has returned to Buffalo after spending a week back home in Florida, supporting his stunned family after his grandfather went on a shooting spree, killing two people and injuring two others before killing himself.

Spiller said it feels good to be back with my teammates.

I wanted to be around my guys,” he said. “I wanted to come and practice with these guys and get ready for New England. I understand that it is a tragic event 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 a part of that.”

It’s hard to imagine how anyone would react to something like this, and Spiller acknowledged that he’s still struggling with it.

“Obviously, I’m lying if I said I’ll put it behind me,” Spiller said. “It’s still early. There’s still some emotions there. When I get out there on the football field that’s all I’m worried about. When I go home and stuff like that, you should be able to cope with it. I’m pretty sure if I need any guidance or counseling, I’ll get that.”

Spiller will start at running back for the Bills when they open the season on Sunday.