Spiller (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's game against the Titans, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Spiller found himself back in Kansas City earlier this week when Akeem Hunt (ankle) landed on injured reserve. That said, the backfield rides the coattails of Kareem Hunt, so Spiller's services won't be needed with strategic decisions made elsewhere on the game-day roster. Behind Kareem Hunt, Charcandrick West and Anthony Sherman will take any residual reps that don't go to the top running back.
Spiller signed a contract with the Chiefs on Tuesday, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.
The Chiefs were forced to turn to fullback Anthony Sherman as their top ball carrier in the Week 17 win over the Broncos, as Charcandrick West (illness) was ruled out in advance of the contest, No. 1 back Kareem Hunt was shut down mid-game to avoid an injury heading into the postseason, and Akeem Hunt exited with an ankle issue. Kareem Hunt should be back in the fold as the Chiefs' workhorse out of the backfield during Saturday's wild-card matchup against the Titans, but the team's re-signing of Spiller suggests both West and Akeem Hunt are at some risk of missing the playoff game. If both West and Akeem Hunt are unavailable Saturday, Spiller, who appeared in one regular-season contest for Kansas City before being waived in October, could serve as Kareem Hunt's primary understudy.
The Chiefs released Spiller on Monday, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.
During his fourth dalliance with the Chiefs in 2017, Spiller produced no yards on two carries and didn't haul in either of his two targets Thursday at Oakland. His release implies Charcandrick West has progressed enough in the concussion protocol to revitalize the team's running back depth. As a result, Spiller will remain on speed dial in the event of another injury in Kansas City's backfield.
Spiller carried twice for no yards and failed to haul in either of his two targets Thursday against the Raiders.
Spiller signed with the Chiefs this week with Charcandrick West (concussion) unavailable for the contest. It's unlikely he will receive many snaps with Kareem Hunt solidified in the lead back role, but he could see occasional snaps if West remains sidelined.
The Chiefs are re-signing Spiller, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.
Spiller will sign with Kansas City for the fourth time in less than eight months, with the latest transaction presumably motivated by Charcandrick West's concussion. The Chiefs could deploy Spiller as a passing-down complement to Kareem Hunt in Thursday's game against the Raiders, assuming West isn't ready to play. The role likely would be temporary and doesn't seem to be of much interest for fantasy purposes. It's also possible the Chiefs simply allow Hunt to dominate snaps, given that he's proven to be more than competent as a pass-catching threat.
Spiller was once again released by the Chiefs on Saturday, Terez A. Paylor of KansasCity.com reports.
The Chiefs cut Spiller in advance of Week 1 in order to avoid owing the veteran back a guaranteed contract for the 2017 season. However, they subsequently picked him back up to provide depth at an uncertain running back situation. However, with Kareem Hunt's stellar debut in the opener, the Chiefs have opted to promote fellow running back Akeem Hunt to the roster in favor of Spiller due to his contribution on special teams. The 30-year-old will now look for a new opportunity.
The Chiefs have re-signed Spiller, the Kansas City Star reports.
The Chiefs dropped Spiller in advance of Week 1, but that move was made by the team in order to avoid owing the veteran back a guaranteed contract for the 2017 season. He'll now rejoin the backup RB mix alongside Charcandrick West and behind rookie starter Kareem Hunt, who starred in Thursday's season opener.
The Chiefs have released Spiller in advance of Thursday night's game against the Patriots.
The Chiefs' Week 1 backfield will thus be headed by rookie Kareem Hunt, with Charcandrick West also in the mix to work in a complementary role, while fullback Anthony Sherman is also on hand. Per Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star, Spiller could potentially be re-signed to a non-guaranteed deal in the coming days.
The Chiefs have re-signed Spiller, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.
Spiller was temporarily let go by the Chiefs, but whether they had eyes on another running back move, or Saturday's transaction was procedural, Spiller is back in the fold to provide backfield depth and experience behind Kareem Hunt and Charcandrick West.
Spiller was released by the Chiefs on Saturday, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.
This is one of the more surprising transactions on cutdown day, as the Chiefs are thin at running back after losing Spencer Ware (knee) for the season. The team may end up bringing Spiller back after Week 1 -- a common move used with veterans to avoid guaranteeing a portion of their contracts. It's also possible the Chiefs simply prefer to comb the waiver wire or free agency for other options for the No. 3 running back role. Kareem Hunt and Charcandrick West are the only tailbacks on the current roster.
Spiller is expected to see rotational reps during the regular season following Spencer Ware's knee injury, Adam Teicher of ESPN reports.
Spiller's roster spot seemed in question with four running backs to fill three spots on the roster, but Ware's injury opens the door for a slight role on Sundays. Spiller has proven himself a capable option out of the backfield, but he's only expected to fight for scraps with Charcandrick West, while Kareem Hunt should receive the largest increase in workload.
Spiller rushed for 10 yard and caught a three-yard pass in Friday's preseason loss to Seattle.
Spiller's numbers don't jump out, but Spencer Ware crumpling onto the field and being carted out does. The veteran Spiller has never really found a niche after being an outstanding special teams and space player at Clemson. If there's ever a system that can utilize his skills, it's Kansas City's. Even if Ware misses time, Spiller still faces competition from Kareem Hunt and Charcandrick West - so it's too early to get too excited. At the same time, Spiller has averaged 4.2 yards per carry this preseason, or better than any season he's had since 2014.
Spiller compiled six carries for 27 yards and gathered in his only target for 16 yards during Saturday's preseason win at Cincinnati.
Spiller followed a two-snap stint from Spencer Ware and a lengthier run from rookie Kareem Hunt, taking the field for the first time midway through the second quarter. Although Spiller's first touch doubled as a 12-yard run and his second was a 16-yard catch, only one, a 15-yard scamper, escaped the range of minus-five to three yards. No matter, he easily surpassed his preseason Week 1 line -- two rushes for nine yards and one reception for two yards -- yet remains third on the RB depth chart. If Charcandrick West replicates his 113-yard, second-half outburst at any point moving forward, Spiller could begin to fall out of favor in the Chiefs' backfield.
Spiller rushed twice for nine yards, secured his sole target for two yards and totaled 24 yards on his sole kickoff return in Friday's 27-17 preseason loss to the 49ers.
Spiller is vying for a roster spot on a crowded running back depth chart that already features the trio of Spencer Ware, Charcandrick West and promising 2017 third-round pick Kareem Hunt, but his dynamic return skills could ultimately get him past the finish line. The veteran got off to a strong start in that regard in the opener with a solid showing on his one kickoff runback, while also doing nothing to hurt his cause in his relatively limited opportunities from scrimmage. Spiller will look to keep building his case against the Bengals in the Chiefs' second preseason contest.
Spiller could earn a spot on the Chiefs' 53-man roster even if the team keeps only three running backs, Blair Kerkhoff of The Kansas City Star reports.
The veteran has reportedly shown impressive explosiveness during the early stages of training camp, highlighted by a 98-yard touchdown reception during Saturday's practice. As a result, it's not out of the question for the Chiefs to make room for Spiller, especially if Charcandrick West (ankle) remains limited through most of camp. It seems unlikely that either Spencer Ware or Kareem Hunt would be on the outside looking in for a roster spot, so West would be the presumptive casualty if Spiller is able to make the cut.
Spiller believes he can revitalize his career in Kansas City, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.
Once viewed as an upper-tier fantasy back, Spiller has been a major disappointment the last two seasons. He's bounced around among the Saints, Jets and Seahawks during that span, playing in 19 games and averaging just 3.1 yards per carry. In addition to his lack of productivity, Spiller has dealt with a myriad of injuries, including a knee issue that required surgery in 2015. After inking a contract with the Chiefs in February, the 29-year-old believes he's as healthy as he's ever been, but he may need a standout training camp to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. Though the Chiefs bid adieu to longtime bell cow Jamaal Charles, holdovers Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West and second-round pick Kareem Hunt will likely open camp ahead of Spiller on the depth chart.
Spiller signed a contract with the Chiefs on Friday.
Though he's just 29 years old, the former No. 9 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft has settled into the journeyman phase of his career since his breakout 2012 campaign with the Bills, during which he picked up a career-high 1,244 yards on 6.0 yards per carry. Following his exit from Buffalo after the 2014 season, Spiller has had abbreviated stints with the Saints, Seahawks and Jets, finding little success at any stop. The Chiefs will likely bring Spiller to training camp with the hope that he can still offer some value as a third-down back or returner, but even if he's able to win a spot on the 53-man roster, he likely won't see enough touches to approach fantasy relevance in most leagues.
Spiller was waived by the Jets on Tuesday, Eric Allen of the team's official site reports.
Spiller was signed by the Jets a little over a month ago but failed to make an impact in the offense, rushing the ball three times and recording one reception in four games. The veteran will now look to join his fourth team this season as the Jets will rely on Matt Forte and Bilal Powell to close out the year.
Spiller rushed once for four yards and returned three kickoffs for 59 yards during Sunday's 9-6 loss to the Rams.
Spiller is firmly planted behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell on the depth chart, and as long as those two are healthy, his fantasy upside is extremely limited.
Spiller will sign with the Jets, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Spiller had been in talks with the Jets but recently gave them a definitive "yes." He will give New York depth at running back behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell, but given the duo's heavy touch share, it is unlikely that Spiller will see significant action in the Jets offense, barring injuries.