The Kansas City Chiefs hop on the C.J. Spiller carousel again
By Matt Conner
The Kansas City Chiefs have, once again, signed running back C.J. Spiller as the team prepares to host the Tennessee Titans in the opening week of the NFL postseason.
A familiar face will once again join the Kansas City Chiefs roster as they take the field at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday to face the visiting Tennessee Titans in the first weekend of postseason action as the team announced the re-signing of veteran running back C.J. Spiller.
The Chiefs first signed C.J. Spiller on February 24, 2017. They also signed him on September 3 and again on September 9. Perhaps the fourth time will be the charm as Spiller has once again signed on as insurance for the running back position behind Kareem Hunt as the team prepares to make a postseason run—or at least win their first game.
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The Chiefs are currently razor thin in the backfield given the recent injuries to Charcandrick West and Akeem Hunt. Hunt is primarily a returner but can still spell someone in the backfield, so without him, the Chiefs are forced to go back to the well with Spiller. Hunt has been dealing with an ankle injury and West has come down with the same illness plaguing the Chiefs locker room in recent weeks (which has also hit Justin Houston, Eric Fisher and others). Hunt was also placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.
Whoever is behind Kareem Hunt won’t figured to play too much since the Chiefs rely heavily on the Toledo product to further their offense. Spiller only played in 1 previous game with the Chiefs this year, where he had only 2 rushes for 0 yards. More than anything, the Chiefs are simply making sure they have a healthy body around in a worse case scenario while simultaneously hoping it doesn’t come down to needing him.