Saints running back C.J. Spiller feeling better, ready to pounce: 'I ain’t into surprises...It ain’t Halloween, baby.' _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints running back C.J. Spiller (22) practices at the Saints Training Facility during OTAs in Metairie, La. Thursday, June 4, 2015.


C.J. Spiller is not willing to offer any clues about when he’s coming back.

He’s practicing for the first time since having a minor procedure performed on his knee in August, and says he feels good, but the running back is unwilling to commit to a timetable or say if he thinks he’ll be able to play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“We’re taking it one day at a time, we’re not gonna rush things, so we’ll see,” Spiller said.

Spiller also warned not to make the assumption that he’s hiding out or being coy so he can surprise the Bucs on Sunday. That’s not his style.

“I ain’t into surprises. I don’t surprise nobody,” Spiller said. “I want you to see me coming full speed. It ain’t Halloween, baby. Trick or Treat: I’m coming full speed at ya. Trust me, you’ll know when 28 out there.”

But right now it’s hard to see Spiller coming. He’s looked good during the portions of practice that are open to the media this week. Though, he’s been limited in each session. If it doesn’t happen this week, Spiller should be back on the field sooner than later.

When that time comes, he says he’ll be ready to hit the ground running. He stayed sharp during his time down by attending meetings and studying whenever he could.

“It wasn’t like I was just sitting on the couch eating potato chips,” Spiller said. “I was in the playbook, I was watching film. I was staying there mentally. Obviously I wasn’t in the huddle hearing the play call. That’s the only thing that is negative.”

When Spiller comes back, he should be the primary receiving back. Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson split those duties in Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals.

Spiller was impressed with how the duo performed.

“They ain’t stealing my plays. They’re my guys, they’re my brothers,” Spiller said. “Anytime the ball touches a running back’s hands in our room, I’m excited.

“It’s been exciting watching those guys play and perform at a high level.”


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