C.J. Spiller will not be playing in the season opener for the New Orleans Saints against the Arizona Cardinals.
The running back underwent knee surgery in August and there was positive thinking in the Saints camp that he would be ready to play at the start of the regular season. However, this seems to no longer be the case.
Ian Rapoport reported yesterday that the former Buffalo Bill will not be suiting up this weekend, and will be on the sidelines for at least another week.
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The Pro Bowler got hurt early into the Saints' training camp and had to have arthroscopic knee surgery on August 14.
The surgery meant Spiller missed the entire preseason for the NFC South side. He signed for the Saints back in March on a four-year deal worth $16 million.
Spiller is expected to be ready to play in the Saints week two game against divisional rivals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the meantime, Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson will take the snaps from the backfield on Sunday.
Saints will be hoping Spiller can get up to speed quickly once he returns to the field, and start producing some of the numbers he had during the 2012 season for the Bills. During his five seasons in the NFL so far, Spiller has achieved 3,321 yards and 12 touchdowns from 668 carries, averaging five yards per carry.
The 2012 season was the best season for him to date, as he achieved 1,244 yards and six touchdowns from 207 carries, averaging six yards per carry. The Saints will be hoping of some sort of replication of this season once he returns.