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C.J. Spiller will miss time following minor knee surgery

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C.J. Spiller is headed to the shelf for the New Orleans Saints.

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NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that Spiller underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee Friday, according to sources informed of his situation. One source described it as a "clean up." ESPN first reported Spiller's surgery.

According to Rapoport, the internal thought was for Spiller to take care of the issue now so that the running back will be ready for the start of the regular season.

Spiller hadn't practiced in a full capacity since sitting out a team scrimmage last Friday. The Saints haven't give any indication Spiller was dealing with a knee issue.

Spiller was listed as the third running back on the Saints' first depth chart behind Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson. Spiller -- who signed a four-year, $18 million deal this offseason -- is expected to have a big role in Payton's offense both as a rusher and a receiver out of the backfield.

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