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Jets officially sign C.J. Spiller, release Knile Davis

Seattle Seahawks running back C.J. Spiller scores on

Seattle Seahawks running back C.J. Spiller scores on New York Jets middle linebacker David Harris during the first half at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. Credit: Lee S. Weissman

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The Jets announced the signing of running back C.J. Spiller and the release of Tuesday’s waiver-claim pickup, Knile Davis.

Because the Jets had to wait until 4 p.m. Wednesday to make the transaction official, Spiller was not at practice. Todd Bowles said it’s too early “too early to tell” if the veteran back will be active Sunday against the Dolphins. “I view him as the third back right now,” said the coach, though he added that Spiller can return kicks if needed.

Asked if the Spiller signing was due to concern over lingering injuries with Matt Forte (knee) and Bilal Powell (turf toe), Bowles said no. “He just was a versatility guy. He can fit into a lot of the things that we do. That’s really the only reason we added him.”

Richardson unfazed by trade chatter

Sheldon Richardson waited to hear the news from his agent: Was he still a Jet or not? Tuesday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline eventually came and went, and on Wednesday, he was back on the practice field. But the defensive lineman insisted he wouldn’t have been crushed by a business decision. “I just want to play and, yeah, get paid my fair share,” he said, though he wouldn’t speculate about his future in 2017. “You can’t do this forever. You want to win Super Bowls and win games and stuff like that. But you also want to make sure you can take care of your family. when it’s all said and done.”

Jet streams

C Nick Mangold (ankle), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle), CB Buster Skrine (knee), OTs Ryan Clady (shoulder) and Brent Qvale (neck), LBs Darron Lee (ankle) and Bruce Carter (quadricep), WR Charone Peake (ankle) and TE Kellen Davis (elbow) did not practice. …RB Matt Forte (knee) and RT Breno Giacomini (shoulder) were limited and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (high ankle sprain) was full.


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