Chiefs once again release CJ Spiller

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) hands off the ball to running back C.J. Spiller (26) in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
AP Photo/Gary Landers

It has become quite the tumultuous campaign for veteran NFL running back C.J. Spiller. The former collegiate standout has once again been released by the Kansas City Chiefs. While wavering between being released and re-signed by the AFC West franchise over the course of the last several weeks, Spiller will now be replaced on the team’s active roster by fellow running back Akeem Hunt.

The Chiefs have formally announced that upon releasing Spiller yet again, the franchise has officially promoted Hunt from the team’s practice squad to its active 53-man roster. As a result, Hunt will be sporting No. 31 as a member of the Chiefs in Week 2.

After notably upsetting the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots in Week 1, the 1-0 Chiefs are now gearing up for another tough matchup in Week 2 against the 1-0 Philadelphia Eagles.

The 30-year-old Spiller never actually made a regular-season appearance for the Chiefs. He split the 2016 campaign between the New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks. Over the course of just six regular-season games, he rushed for 18 yards on a mere six carries. Prior to becoming a journeyman, the veteran rusher suited up for the New Orleans Saints in 2015, which immediately followed a five-year stint with the Buffalo Bills. Spiller was originally selected by the Bills in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Clemson.

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