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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