Spiller back at Bills practice

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Some good news for the Buffalo Bills today as running back C.J. Spiller was back with the team and practicing. Spiller has been away from the team, standing by his family since his step-grandfather went on a shooting spree killing two others and himself. He’s back with the team now and ready to get back to work but before he did he also thanked the team for being so understanding.

“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,” Spiller said.

Spiller called the Bills a “first-class” organization, thanking Marrone, President Russ Brandon and General Manager Doug Whaley for their continued support.

“It speaks volumes to the type of organization we have here,” he said. “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.” (The Buffalo News)

There shouldn’t be any worries about Spiller being behind as he left on the team on August 24th well after training camp and preseason games had begun. He also kept in touch with fellow running back Fred Jackson and running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley.

Spiller expects practice to be his form of therapy and if he needs any help he’ll get it.

“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.”

“Obviously, I’m lying if I said I’ll put it behind me. 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.” (Buffalo Bills)

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