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C.J. Spiller’s first season with Saints ends on injured reserve

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 13: Running back C.J. Spiller #28 of the New Orleans Saints runs with the ball in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** C.J. Spiller Getty Images

When running back C.J. Spiller signed with the Saints as a free agent, there was a lot of talk about him getting back to being an explosive playmaker in the New Orleans offense.

It never turned into much more than talk, however. Spiller had a procedure on his knee during training camp, missed the first week of the regular season and was an afterthought from that point forward. His season ended on Wednesday with a trip to injured reserve a few days after he was inactive against the Jaguars.

Coach Sean Payton explained the decision to sit Spiller last Sunday¬†as having to do with the knee issues from the summer, although Spiller maintained during the season that all was OK physically. His 36 carries for 112 yards and 34 catches for 239 yards don’t do much to support that argument.

Now the Saints will have to decide if Spiller will return to try again. He signed a four-year, $16 million contract and they can save $3.25 million under the cap by making him a post-June 1 cut.

Tight end RaShaun Allen was added to the roster.

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14 Responses to “C.J. Spiller’s first season with Saints ends on injured reserve”
  1. unclebluck says: Dec 31, 2015 7:31 AM

    As a Bills fan I liked CJ a lot. Explosive in the open field. Only problem was his inability to avoid injury….

  2. hutchlash says: Dec 31, 2015 7:32 AM

    Shocker!

  3. dreadnok89 says: Dec 31, 2015 7:52 AM

    No way

  4. chc4 says: Dec 31, 2015 8:28 AM

    Like most of Loomis’ FA moves lately, a complete and total waste of $$.

  5. fordmandalay says: Dec 31, 2015 8:32 AM

    The Saints have a history of letting excellent players who were crucial parts of their offense go because they didn’t want to spend money to keep them. They’re not going to spend money on someone who did nothing.

  6. idoubtiwillbother says: Dec 31, 2015 8:57 AM

    duh.

  7. greenwhodat26 says: Dec 31, 2015 9:15 AM

    “Brick Wall” Spiller.

  8. Bob says: Dec 31, 2015 9:18 AM

    He doesn’t pick up blocks on blitz protection, he fumbles, he drops passes, etc. Wasted signing. Pair that with the signing of Jairus Byrd, and Payton should be fired if he’s still with the Saints and signs another free agent from Buffalo. But I guess Jabari Greer worked out OK for the Saints, so 1 out of 3 ain’t bad. /sarcasm

  9. billsrule2015 says: Dec 31, 2015 9:22 AM

    Doug Whaley looks like a genius right now ditching this injury prone tool.

  10. billswillnevermove says: Dec 31, 2015 9:38 AM

    I like CJ, but sure looks like the Bills got the better deal cutting ties with Spiller and Byrd. And so many Bills fan want Whaley gone? I think he has done a pretty good job.

  11. lengai says: Dec 31, 2015 9:40 AM

    So the team could have kept Sproles for essentially the same money. Good move.

  12. spiffybiff says: Dec 31, 2015 10:37 AM

    With the Brees salary ballooning next year you can bet spiller is gone

  13. captainwhodat says: Dec 31, 2015 2:20 PM

    …shocked, totally shocked…but, in Loomis we trust…

  14. iknoweverything2 says: Dec 31, 2015 3:44 PM

    And PT is healthy and in the playoffs!

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