The Buffalo Bills excused running back C.J. Spiller from team activities on Monday to be with his family as they deal with the aftermath of a tragic murder-suicide involving his step-grandfather. Bills head coach Doug Marrone told reporters on Tuesday morning that Spiller is expected to rejoin his teammates this coming Sunday, a week in advance of the Bills' regular season opener.
Marrone: @CJSPILLER will return to the #Bills on Sunday. He's been excused for personal reasons.— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) August 27, 2013
Spiller knew of the event prior to last Saturday's preseason loss to Washington, but suited up and played anyway (rushing for 39 yards on six carries with a touchdown). Marrone told reporters on Monday that he and Spiller have been in contact with one another since the star runner was excused.
Hopefully, a week away from the team to spend time with family will help Spiller and his people begin the healing process. He'll hit the ground running upon his return and be ready to play in Week 1 against the New England Patriots.