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Official: Watkins designated to return

Posted by Chris Brown on November 23, 2016 – 11:45 am

The Bills today issued the formality that the team has cleared WR Sammy Watkins to return to practice. Though he remains on injured reserve he has been designated as their player to return.

NFL clubs can only designate one player per season on injured reserve as their player to return. That means that S Colt Anderson and S Aaron Williams, who were other candidates to return this season will not be able to. Their seasons are effectively over.

For Watkins to play on Sunday he will have to be elevated to the team’s active roster. The Bills have until 4 pm on Saturday to do so.

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Spiller making good progress

Posted by Chris Brown on November 3, 2014 – 4:50 pm

He’s on injured reserve with the designation to return following a shoulder injury back in Week 7, but C.J. Spiller is optimistic a return by the end of the season is possible.

“You’re a competitor. You want to be out there. You want to be out there to help your team win,” said Spiller in the Bills locker room Monday. “This is the most I’ve ever missed in my playing career since I’ve been playing this game, which is going on 21 years now. So it really sucks, but I’ve still got a good positive outlook on it. I’m doing everything I can to make sure the guys are prepared on Sundays. I’m still watching film, looking over the game plan so I can stay in touch with everything so it’s not a foreign language when I return. Hopefully come playoff time I’ll be ready.”

Spiller was reluctant to weigh the chances of him returning before the end of the regular season.

“I don’t want to put a percentage on it. I’m just taking it one day at a time,” he said. “Everything is looking good and feeling good. So rehab is going really well, so I don’t want to put the chance of anything on it. If I’m good to go I’ll go.”

What Spiller was most relieved about was being designated as the I-R player to return meaning his season was not necessarily over after sustaining the injury.

“It was a big relief. It was something that was new. I had never been in that position before,” he said. “That just shows they have faith that we’ll have an opportunity to be in the playoff hunt. So anytime you can get another playmaker back during that time it’s always important. So I’m relieved about that and I’ve been taking it one day at a time.”



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The timetable for Spiller under short-term I-R

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2014 – 1:59 pm

With C.J. Spiller placed on injured reserve – designated to return, or short term injured reserve, he will have the ability to return before the regular season is over, but not for much of it. Today, Oct. 21st is the first day that the clock starts on his possible return. Here’s how the timetable lays out under the short term I-R rules.

The short term I-R rules state the following.

A player who has been designated for return is ineligible to practice until six weeks have elapsed since the date he was placed on Reserve, and is not eligible to return to the Active/Inactive List until eight weeks have elapsed since the date he was placed on Reserve. The business day (prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time) that the player is placed on Reserve counts as the first day.

That means that Spiller will not be able to even practice with his teammates again until Wednesday Dec. 3rd in Week 14. Two weeks later if all goes well he could then be added back to the active roster on Dec. 16th and be eligible to play in Weeks 16 at the Raiders, and 17 at the Patriots.

This is a smart move by the club because if the Bills are still in the playoff hunt, they’ll be able to make use of Spiller in games that could very well be critical to qualify for the postseason the last two weeks of the year. Not to mention the fact that the other backs on the roster could sustain injuries of their own between now and then. Having the ability to bring Spiller back into the fold at the end of the season could prove valuable.

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