I think we can all agree that it’s good news Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson is back and ready to go. Jackson told reporters today and head coach Chan Gailey confirmed that he’s cleared all post-concussion tests and was back at practice Wednesday and barring a setback will be on the field when the Bills face the Indianapolis Colts Sunday.
Even better news—at least for the vast majority of fans is Gailey’s comments at his press conference today that stated while Jackson will be ready and will see plenty of snaps, C.J. Spiller will remain in the starting lineup and see the majority of reps as the Bills desperately try to hold on to their playoff hopes.
“C.J. will start, but we’re still going to play Fred,” Gaily told reporters. “It takes two. It does. So Fred will get quite a few snaps, but C.J. will start and get the majority of the snaps.”
With that perhaps Gailey is finally ready to pass the torch and have Spiller be his featured back. It certainly makes sense considering the ridiculous numbers put up by Spiller in a role that has far too often been limited.
But even as a backup, Jackson still brings tremendous value. If you need evidence, watch the snaps Tashard Choice got in his place last week against the Dolphins. Regardless of who you think should see the heavier workload between Jackson & Spiller, there’s no debating that the team is better as a whole with both in the mix.
In other published reports, Chris Kelsay is back at practice fully today and expected to play Sunday. He’s missed the past two weeks with a neck injury and Kyle Moore has played extremely well in his place. Gailey indicated that Moore will still receive a good amount of playing time because “he’s earned the right to play.”