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Bills vs. Jets: C.J. Spiller Gets Encouragement From LaDainian Tomlinson

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MIAMI FL - DECEMBER 19:  Running Back C.J. Spiller #21 of the Buffalo Bills runs against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 19 2010 in Miami Florida.The Bills defeated the Dolphins 17-14.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
MIAMI FL - DECEMBER 19: Running Back C.J. Spiller #21 of the Buffalo Bills runs against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 19 2010 in Miami Florida.The Bills defeated the Dolphins 17-14. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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You don't need to be reminded that Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller has had a tough rookie season. The ninth overall pick this past April has just two touchdowns and 435 total offensive yards in 2010, as he's struggled to assimilate to the NFL.

Back in Week 4, the New York Jets crushed the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium, 38-14. Marshawn Lynch was Buffalo's starting running back that day, and Spiller touched the ball just three times (for 15 yards) in that game. Meanwhile, he watched as future Hall of Fame back LaDainian Tomlinson ripped through the Bills to the tune of 155 total yards and two touchdowns.

After that game, Tomlinson had words of wisdom to share with Spiller.

"I had the opportunity to meet him after the first game and the thing he told me is it’s a long career, don’t let this one season define the type of player you are," Spiller told reporters Wednesday. "That was probably the most encouraging thing, coming from a future Hall of Fame running back like him, for him to come to me and say that."

Spiller's Bills and Tomlinson's Jets square off again in this Sunday's regular season finale.