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C.J. Spiller leaves Buffalo Bills to be with family after tragic incident

Anwar S. Richardson
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Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller has left the team to be with his family after the recent suicide of his step-grandfather, Hubert Allen, Jr.

Allen, 72, allegedly shot a former coworker, then drove to the home of his former boss and killed him, later shot at another former coworker, before eventually turning the gun on himself. Allen had been married to Spiller's maternal grandmother until she passed away when Spiller was in eighth grade, according to the Buffalo News.

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Bills coach Doug Marrone said Spiller was being excused for personal reasons. He expects Spiller to be back with the team on Sunday.

"I talked to him when we landed from the Washington game," Marrone told CBSSports. "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."

Spiller led the Bills with 1,244 rushing yards and six touchdowns, plus added 459 receiving yards and two touchdowns, last season. He had eight carries for 39 yards and one touchdown in the Bills' 30-7 loss against the Washington Redskins on Saturday.
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