Bills place Spiller on short-term IR, sign Tanner

In this Aug. 24, 2013, file photo, Dallas Cowboys' Phillip Tanner walks the field before a preseason NFL football game in Arlington, Texas. A person familiar with the discussions tells The Associated Press that the Buffalo Bills have agreed to sign free-agent running back Phillip Tanner. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, because the Bills have not announced the move. (AP Photo/Sharon Ellman, File)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo Bills have signed running back Phillip Tanner and placed CJ Spiller on the reserve/injured, designated for return list.

Former Dallas Cowboy Phillip Tanner, from Middle Tennessee State, played with quarterback Kyle Orton on the Cowboys offense in 2012 and 2013.

Spiller had surgery Monday to repair an injury to his collarbone. Co-starter Fred Jackson also suffered an injury in Sunday’s game. He could miss up to four weeks with a groin injury.

Spiller used Twitter to release a statement to fans Tuesday. Spiller thanks family and friends for their prayers, and said he has faith the team (the Bills) will be in playoffs contention. He said he will be rooting for the Bills on Sunday, and is sure Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown will be ready to go on Sunday.

The Bills play at the New York Jets (1-6) on Sunday before entering their bye week off. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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