C.J. Spiller's role with Buffalo Bills to be expanded



The Buffalo Bills plan to give carries this season to former Clemson running back C.J. Spiller “until he throws up,” offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said during a radio interview Wednesday morning.

“It’s real simple: We’re going to give him the ball until he throws up,” Hackett told The Howard Simon Show on WGR 550 in Buffalo. “So he’s either got to tap out or throw up on the field. Let’s just put it that way.”

Spiller was one of the most efficient running backs in the NFL last season, gaining 1,244 yards on 207 carries. His 6.0 yards per carry was tied with the Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson as an NFL-best among running backs with at least 6.25 attempts per team’s games played.

“The great thing now is that we have some awesome weapons on the outside (at wide receiver), if you do want to stop (Spiller),” Hackett said.

Since Spiller was drafted ninth overall in 2010, he has shared the Bills’ backfield with Fred Jackson. But Spiller nearly doubled his carries last season when Jackson was limited by a knee injury.

The Bills might lean on Spiller even more this season to take pressure off rookie quarterback EJ Manuel, who is competing with Kevin Kolb to start.


SAINTS: Lost receiver Joseph Morgan and defensive end Kenyon Coleman for the season because of injuries, depriving New Orleans of one of its top deep threats and a reliable veteran run-stopping lineman.

Morgan hurt his left knee in Saturday’s scrimmage, and coach Sean Payton said Wednesday his diagnosis has come back as a torn meniscus and partial tear of his anterior cruciate ligament.

Payton said Coleman, who left practice Tuesday, tore a pectoral muscle, which also requires season-ending surgery.


BEARS: Veteran cornerback Kelvin Hayden will miss the entire season after recently tearing his left hamstring in practice at Soldier Field.

Hayden will have surgery to repair the hamstring and will need six to eight months of rehab, Bears coach Marc Trestman said Wednesday. Hayden was injured in practice on Saturday night.

The 30-year-old Hayden has 12 career interceptions.


Cowboys: Former New York Jets offensive lineman Brandon Moore backed out of a deal with Dallas on Wednesday and plans to retire.

The 10-year veteran called the team with a change of heart after agreeing to a deal Tuesday night, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. Dallas is looking for an experience player at guard because of injuries to both of last year’s starters, Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau.

“He decided when he woke up this morning that he didn’t want to play football anymore,” Garrett said. “So we respect that decision.”

Dallas has been dealing with injuries at guard since training camp began more than two weeks ago.

Moore, who didn’t immediately return a message from the AP, told ESPN he didn’t want to leave his family for the cross-country trip to California. He had ties to Dallas through Cowboys offensive coordinator Bill Callahan, who was the Jets’ line coach for four years before joining Dallas last season.


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