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Bills hopeful C.J. Spiller will make late-season return

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The Buffalo Bills remain confident they will have C.J. Spiller back before the end of the season.

The running back, who was placed on short-term injured reserve in October with a collarbone injury, is eligible to return to practice as soon as Wednesday. If Spiller avoids a setback, he will be permitted to return to action in Week 16 against the Raiders.

"We're hoping to see C.J. to start coming back," coach Doug Marrone said Monday, according to the official team site. "That designation is coming up."

Buffalo could certainly use Spiller. The running game has struggled in his absence, as Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon have failed to take advantage of opportunities behind Fred Jackson.

A Week 16 return can also be personally beneficial for Spiller, who will be a free agent after the season.

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