C.J. Spiller 'up to speed' but status for Sunday remains uncertain

C.J. Spiller could see his first action as a Saint on Sunday against Tampa Bay. Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports

METAIRIE, La. – New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton wouldn’t say for certain whether running back C.J. Spiller will play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“We’ll see,” Payton said.

But Payton did stress that he is not worried about Spiller needing time to get up to speed since Spiller got so much work during OTAs, minicamp and training camp before he had arthroscopic knee surgery last month.

“He’s up to speed,” Payton said. “Listen, he’s doing good.”

Spiller returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday. The best guess here is that Spiller will play Sunday, but it’s not a sure thing. And it’s possible he could be limited even if he does return.

Payton, meanwhile, definitively said that receiver Joseph Morgan will play and have a role in Sunday’s game after he just rejoined the team on Wednesday.

Morgan is a very good blocker and a speedy deep threat. Payton said the Saints could use that speed to help spell top receiver Brandin Cooks.

“I think he provides great speed on the outside,” Payton said of Morgan. “And that’s something that from a game-plan standpoint, if you’re just running Cooks vertical, then at some point he gets tired. So I think having Joe, there’s another element of speed, he’s a very physical player, takes pride in blocking. So he’ll have a role in this game. He’ll play in this game.”