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Bills sign running back Phillip Tanner; place C.J. Spiller on short-term IR

The Buffalo Bills added depth to their backfield this afternoon by signing former Cowboys running back Phillip Tanner.

To make room for him on the 53-man roster, the team placed running back C.J. Spiller on the injured reserve/designated to return list.

Tanner entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with his hometown Dallas Cowboys. The 26-year-old played three seasons with the Cowboys, running for 149 yards and two touchdowns on 56 carries. The 5-foot-10, 208-pounder played collegiately at Middle Tennessee State.

Tanner will provide the Bills some insurance behind Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown while fellow running back Fred Jackson is out with a groin injury.

Spiller was injured during the Bills' 17-16 victory Sunday against Minnesota. He had surgery Monday to repair a broken collarbone. By going on short-term IR, he must sit out at least eight weeks, meaning the earliest he could return to the field is Week 16.

 

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