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Bills place Fred Jackson on season-ending IR

Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:27 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2011 5:54 pm

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With the season quickly spiraling down the drain, the news just got much worse in Buffalo. The Buffalo News reports the Bills have put running back Fred Jackson on the injured reserve list with a fracture to the fibula bone in his right leg.

While meeting with reporters earlier today, Bills coach Chan Gailey said Jackson, who left last week’s game with what was termed a calf injury, won’t play Sunday vs. the Jets, but Rapid Reporter Mark Ludwiczak wondered if Jackson's injury, sustained last week against the Dolphins after he carried the ball seven times for 17 yards, could keep him out the rest of the season.

Turns out that was indeed the case. And it wasn't an injured calf muscle. It was a broken leg.

"Fred's not good, and I know he'll miss this one," Gailey told reporters Wednesday morning. "Then we'll have to decide what happens from there."

Sorry, Mr. Jackson

Entering last Sunday's game, Jackson had been the league's top rusher, and he's been one of the feel-good stories of the year. He also seemed poised to cash in on a new contract for his production this season (934 yards, 5.5 rushing average, six touchdowns).

On Monday, Gailey said there was a chance Jackson could play. "He’s banged up but we’ll have to wait and see,” Gailey said. “I don’t know if I can give you a good answer right now. He’s hurting and I doubt he would practice early in the week but we hope to have him late in the week."

But it's been clear that Jackson's success the past two seasons caught the organization off guard.

"I don't think anybody foresaw how good Fred Jackson was going to be," Gailey said earlier this month. "When we drafted (C.J. Spiller), we thought there would eventually be a need there that has not shown itself to be. It's not his fault. Fred Jackson's playing extremely well right now. How do you take him out of the ball game? Receiver is not (Spiller’s) natural position, so we'll just have to see how it works as time goes on. It may be one of those things where this year he doesn't get as involved as we all would maybe have thought he might. That's the way it is."

Now that’s out of the question, meaning Spiller, who’s spent much of his time the past month at the receiver spot, will return to running back in Jackson’s place. For a former first-round draft pick that largely has been considered a bust since he was drafted, this will give Spiller quite an opportunity to shine.

UPDATED 5:52 p.m. ET: The Bills announced they have claimed running back Tashard Choice off waivers. This season, Choice already has been waived by the Cowboys and, on Tuesday, by the Redskins.

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Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: November 24, 2011 11:08 am
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2011 9:55 am

Bills place Fred Jackson on season-ending IR

This is a huge loss to Jackson, who just last week was talking about how a new contract will take care of itself.Based on his dependable play every year,his great numbers this year, he was due to make a ton of cash.Now he damaged goods which will result in a lot less money.It just goes to show the fate of all these players can change in an instant.That's one reason why the length of an NFL player's career is something like 2 or 3 years.(Guessing).Players pretty much devote all their time & effort to play in the NFL.I would hope most of them have a secondary option to make a living.

As for the Bills, they have been destroyed 3 of the last 4 weeks, with a win VS Washington.They have been exposed as the team they are-A bad one with a medocre QB & their best player on the shelf.I see 1 more win VS Denver,giving them a 6-10 season.

The Bills are who we thought they were.

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: November 24, 2011 4:28 am

Bills place Fred Jackson on season-ending IR

Damn, dude was having a career year and ends up on IR short of 1000 yards. Now if Cj spiller goes off he will see his value fall hard.

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2011 7:33 pm

Bills place Fred Jackson on season-ending IR

Jackson was one of the very few really good players the Bills have had in recent memory. The total lack of talent on this team, that has been drafting really high for the last 5-8 years, is shocking. They sign their QB to a long term contract. He had been a back-up for more than a few teams, for quite a few years. Probably not a good business decision.
What they need is to find a really good personnel man, and hire him as GM. You need people that can evaluate talent. Reggie MacKenzie, from the Packers would be a great fit. He knows talent. Ted Thompson trusts his ability in that department. He is also use to a smaller market.
In any case, to re-build an organization, you need real talent in the front office. Until you get that, you're just treading water.

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 7:29 pm

Bills place Fred Jackson on season-ending IR

i agree with you, iam from michigan and the lions are in the same sitution. yes they are building a team and starting to win this year but in my eye they are not there yet but for some reason everyone thinks they are awesome or something they havnt had a winning record in 10 years! yes they have won some games this year and starting to get some talent and are playing good but still have alot of holes and lack of depth from the matt milan years. but to call them bust when they lost 3 of 4 last 4 games but still have a winning record is crazy, if the lions made it to the playoffs last yr or had a couple of winning records the past couple years then yes call them a bust because i would be, but right now they are over achieving or just starting to get going but i had them at 8-8 this yr and who knows they might win more but they are starting to get there.

Since: May 25, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2011 6:16 pm

Bills place Fred Jackson on season-ending IR

As a Bills fan of 40+ years, Ralph Wilson has no one to blame but himself.

With another starter assigned to the IR, the lack of solid drafting over the past 10+ years is showing and screaming "eat me". Jerry Sullivan did a pretty accurate rundowm of the teams failures in the first and second round over the past decade and it's no wonder this team is toast. After the first 22, and that's not implying those 22 were all NFL capable, the depth chart looks like a MAC roster.

There's not another team in the league that gives a rats behind how tough the injuries have been on this team. In fact, if I was a GM, I would be looking to unload someone on my roster for what looks like is going to wind up as another top 10 per round draft choice.

There's no crying Buffalo. Tough crap. Our owner screwed the pooch long time ago. If it wasn't for a stroke of luck with Polian and the end of the USFL, the Bills would be the worst franchise in the history of the league hands down.


Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 5:57 pm

Bills place Fred Jackson on season-ending IR

Look im a pats fan but C.J time has arrived WASN/T HE TAKEN #9 BE REAL BUFF FANS

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 5:42 pm

Bills place Fred Jackson on season-ending IR

anyone who thinks the Bills are a bust because they had a great start to the season and have faded lately is clueless. The Bills have been a great overachiever this year and it is a testament to the coaching staff and the players for getting the most out of a limited talet pool. They will be nothing but better in the future but they need to hang on to their nucleus and that definitely includes Fred Jackson. If they finish at 5-11 they have improved but I think they have a couple more wins in them.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2011 5:36 pm

Bills place Fred Jackson on season-ending IR

This should about end the Buffalo experiment.

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 5:01 pm

Jackson's calf to keep him out Sunday, maybe more

The Bills .. like the J-E-T-S were just a facade ... Jackson or no Jackson they were falling into obscurity, where they belong.  Better luck next year. 

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