The Patriots hosted veteran cornerback C.J. Spillman for a workout on Wednesday, reports ESPN Boston. Spillman has long been a special teams standout and a highly-regarded gunner on punt coverage units. He spent the 2014 season with the Cowboys after having stints with the Chargers and 49ers.
Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens (ankle) and defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford (illness) are active for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Lions after both players were listed as questionable to play. Hitchens has been dealing with a right high ankle sprain, while Crawford suffered an allergic reaction, putting his status in doubt Sunday. The team had nine players listed as probable for the first-round playoff matchup, and all are active, including quarterback Tony Romo (back), running back DeMarco Murray (hand), guard Zack Martin (ankle), defensive tackles Josh Brent (calf) and Nick Hayden (shoulder), linebackers Bruce Carter (knee) and Rolando McClain (knee, illness) and safeties Jeff Heath (thumb) and C.J. Spillman (groin). Dallas is a 6-point favorite at home against Detroit.
The Cowboys have listed defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford (illness) and linebacker Anthony Hitchens (ankle) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions. Crawford played in 15 games for Dallas this season, totaling 33 tackles and three sacks while Hitchens had 75 total tackles and one interception. The Cowboys have also listed the following players as probable for Sunday: quarterback Tony Romo (back), running back DeMarco Murray (hand), defensive tackle Josh Brent (calf), linebacker Bruce Carter (knee), defensive tackle Nick Hayden (shoulder), safety Jeff Heath (thumb), guard Zack Martin (ankle), linebacker Rolando McClain (knee/illness), safety C.J. Spillman (groin) and linebacker Dekoda Watson (hamstring). The Cowboys are currently 6 1/2-point favorites at home against Detroit.
Cowboys defensive back C.J. Spillman was investigated for sexual assault while with the 49ers, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Charges against Spillman were never filed due to "insufficient evidence." At the time, Spillman denied the charges. He is currently being investigated on a different sexual assault charge. Spillman has played while the investigation is ongoing.
Cowboys defensive back and special teams player C.J. Spillman will be allowed to continue practicing with the team while Texas police investigate sexual assault allegations made against him, USA Today has reported. Jason Garrett said thursday that Spillman's status with the Cowboys will remain unchanged unless is his arrested or formally charged. Spillman has participated in all four games and contributed one tackle.