News came back regarding the injured knee of Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson on Monday and the result wasn’t unexpected. Jackson suffered a Grade two LCL sprain in his knee and will be out for at least a few weeks, which effectively ends his season prematurely for a second consecutive campaign.
Jackson is expected to be placed on Injured Reserve on Tuesday. Bills head coach Chan Gailey said he’s not sure if the team will use his roster spot for a third tailback or another position player.
This hasn’t been a memorable year for Jackson. He missed two games after injuring his knee in the season opener and was forced out of action for another with a concussion suffered at New England. Jackson finishes the season with 437 yards rushing on 115 attempts (3.8 average) and caught 34 passes for 217 yards. He found the end zone four times this season but developed a noticeable fumbling problem; coughing up the ball five times and the Bills losing four of them.
While fans respect Jackson, evidenced by chanting his name following his injury yesterday, everyone wants to see C.J. Spiller in a feature role and Jackson’s injury appears to be the only way Gailey will allow that to happen.
Spiller has rushed for 944 yards this season on just 144 carries and his 6.7 yards per carry average is the best among all NFL running backs.
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