go to MSN.com
Originally written August 27, 2013 on Down and Distance:

Via Down and Distance:

On Saturday, C.J. Spiller’s step-grandfather shot and killed two people while injuring two others before killing himself. That same day, Spiller and the Buffalo Bills took on the Washington Redskins in their third preseason game. Bills’ head coach Doug Marrone told BuffaloBills.com reporter Chris Brown, after the game that he believes Spiller was unaware of the incident before playing in Saturday’s game.

“When asked if Spiller knew about any of the details of the event prior to the game, Marrone did not think his top running back had been fully informed about it.

As far as I know he knew that there was something that happened personally, but we really didn’t have any information prior to the game,” said Marrone. “I was aware of the various media reports right after the game, but no one knows all the facts so I’m not going to comment at this time.”

As a few days have passed since the shooting, Spiller has decided he needed to be with his family and was excused from the team earlier today. He will return to the team on Sunday.

“I talked to him when we landed from the Washington game,” Marrone said, according to CBS Sports. “I obviously excused him to be able to go back and handle obviously what is a personal situation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims as well as C.J. and his family in this situation. …We’re in communication just making sure that we’re there to support him.”

While football is important, family is even more important.

Spiller has definitely made the right decision to take some time to be with his family.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

49ers players come out in support of Jim Harbaugh

Raiders reportedly expected to make a run at Jon Gruden

FCC unanimously ends sports blackout rule

Michael Phelps arrested for DUI

Is hiring Mack Brown a real possibility for SMU Mustangs?

NFL: Abdullah should not have been penalized for praying

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Belichick: Pats 'didn't play well enough at all' against Chiefs

Astros new manager A.J. Hinch: ‘Goal is to win championships’

Oakland Raiders fire Dennis Allen after 0-4 start

Did Roger Goodell’s bodyguard assault a photographer?

Kobe Bryant, Deron Williams engage in war of words

Georgia RB Todd Gurley falsely accused of punching student

Oregon to don pink-themed unis for breast cancer awareness

Is DeMarco Murray the best RB in the NFL?

WATCH: TBS sends up 'Boom Goes the Dynamite' with promo

Ilya Bryzgalov takes photos with fans while on the bench

NFL Awards: Week 4 edition

The best and worst MLB players in September

Tracking demanding career paths of all Top 25 head coaches

NFL Power Rankings: Week 4

Strahan to make cameo as stripper in 'Magic Mike' sequel

The rise of Houston's Bill O’Brien

Bill Belichick laughs off QB question...literally

Patriots fan fails with American flag face paint

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

49ers players come out in support of Jim Harbaugh

It’s probably not all too suprising that multiple San Francisco 49ers players have come out in support head coach Jim Harbaugh. It was reported by NFL Media’s Deion Sanders on Sunday night that some within the 49ers locker room want Harbaugh out. ESPN’s Trent Dilfer also called the environment under Harbaugh in San Francisco “toxic.” On Monday, veteran Alex Boone came out...
Via Sportsnaut
26 minutes ago

Raiders reportedly expected to make a run at Jon Gruden

Tim Kawakami of Mercury News expects the Raiders to make a “hard run” at hiring Jon Gruden as their next head coach. Ian Rapoport also suggests that the Raiders were likely to set their sights on Gruden before targeting different “superstar” head coaching candidate. “Of course, all eyes turn to Jon Gruden. We know he is close with Raiders owner Mark Davis,” Rapoport...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
7 hours ago

FCC unanimously ends sports blackout rule

In a unanimous 5-0 vote, the Federal Communications Commission threw out the sports blackout rule that had been on the books dating back to 1975. It allowed sports leagues to use the FCC as a crutch to blackout games in local markets. Victory for sports fans! Today @TomWheelerFCC @MClyburnFCC @AjitPaiFCC @JRosenworcel and @mikeofcc voted 5-0 to end #Sportsblackout rules. — The...
Via Awful Announcing
1 hour ago

Michael Phelps arrested for DUI

Michael Phelps was reportedly arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence in Maryland on Monday night. While details of the arrest are not yet known, TMZ reports that police are preparing a statement and are expected to address the media at some point on Tuesday. Phelps was already arrested for DUI in Maryland […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 hours ago

Is hiring Mack Brown a real possibility for SMU Mustangs?

With the June Jones era now over at SMU, speculation has begun about who will replace him as the Mustangs new permanent coach. One interesting name that has been thrown around in recent days: former Texas head coach Mack Brown. Photo used courtesy of chron.com. FoxSports.com’s Bruce Feldman reported Monday that “well-connected SMU brass” are very interested in pursuing Brown...
Via AAC Football Fever
2 hours ago

NFL: Abdullah should not have been penalized for praying

The NFL admitted on Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for going to the ground after returning an interception for a touchdown against the New England Patriots on Monday. NFL rules prohibit players from going to the ground to celebrate, but there is an exemption for players […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 hours ago

Belichick: Pats 'didn't play well enough at all' against Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bill Belichick didn’t give many direct answers about the New England Patriots’ embarrassing 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night, as we’ve come to expect. Perhaps Belichick’s clearest answer came when he had “no response” as the Chiefs’ public relations staff transcribed after the game. Belichick scoffed when asked if the quarterback...
Via NESN.com
6 hours ago

Astros new manager A.J. Hinch: ‘Goal is to win championships’

The Houston Astros announced Monday that A.J. Hinch will be their next manager. “The goal is to win championships,” Hinch said. “The arrow is turning toward success in talking about winning a little bit and talking about the ultimate goal. I’m proud to be here. To wear this orange and blue is something I cherish, and to put this uniform on and be called the ‘Skipper’...
Via Sports-Glory
14 hours ago

Oakland Raiders fire Dennis Allen after 0-4 start

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports is reporting that the Oakland Raiders have informed head coach Dennis Allen that he’s being fired. A report from the Associated Press mentioned Sunday night that Allen was going to be fired, but the report was later removed from Twitter. The Raiders are expected to move forward with Tony Sparano as their interim head coach, but that has not been reported...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
14 hours ago

Did Roger Goodell’s bodyguard assault a photographer?

A recent report from Gothamist.com suggests that Roger Goodell’s personal bodyguard and head of security Thomas Crowe assaulted a NY Daily News photojournalist earlier in September when the latter was camped out NFL’s office in New York City. Photographer JB Nicholas indicates that the assault took place on September 17th outside NFL headquarters on Park Avenue and East 52nd...
Via Sportsnaut
18 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.