C.J. Spiller released hours before season opener

by - Assoc. Editor -

The Kansas City Chiefs will face off against the New England Patriots on Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.

However, former Clemson standout C.J. Spiller won't be playing in the game because the Chiefs announced this afternoon that he has been released along with offensive lineman Jordan Devey.

The Chiefs will go with running backs Kareem Hunt, Charcandrick West and Anthony Sherman against the Patriots.

This is the second time that Spiller has been released by the Chiefs in less than a week. One of the main reasons that Spiller was cut was that his contract would have been guaranteed if he were on the roster for week 1. It's possible that he will be back with the Chiefs later in the week.

Last season, Spiller saw limited game-action with six carries for 18 yards with six receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown in short stints with the Jets and Seahawks after being cut by the Saints soon after the finish of training camp.

The Saints signed Spiller in 2015 to a four-year, $16 million deal as a free agent. He finished the season with 36 carries for 112 yards and 34 catches (on 44 targets) for 239 yards and two receiving touchdowns.

Over his NFL career, Spiller had 704 rushes for 3,451 yards with 12 rushing touchdowns and 4,867 yards from scrimmage and 20 total scores. In 2012, Spiller was named to the Pro Bowl as his most productive NFL seasons to date were with the Buffalo Bills. He was selected in the first round by Buffalo in 2010.

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