In order to be prepared for the start of the regular season, New Orleans Saints running back C.J. Spiller underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday, as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Saints' CJ Spiller underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Friday in Pensacola, Fla, but is expected back for regular-season opener, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 15, 2015
Spiller’s surgery is described as a “clean up” that will cause him to sit out the rest of the preseason. The explosive back should be ready to roll in Week 1 when the Saints travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals in their season opener.
The Saints signed Spiller during the free agency to a four-year $18 million contract. He currently sits behind running backs Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson on the team’s depth chart. Though, in Sean Payton’s offense, he may be utilized more than the depth chart indicates, thanks to his exceptional abilities as a pass-catcher out of the backfield.
As for the remainder of the preseason, the Saints are in good hands, loaded at running back depth beyond Ingram and Robinson. Let’s just hope for the sake of the Saints that Spiller’s knee surgery is as minor if an issue as the team is letting on.