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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
 
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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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Comments

Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:57 pm
 

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

If that is just an ouch then this is more like dismemberment...... i drafted A. Bradshaw and Fred Jackson and Beanie and Blount and McGahee and Daniel Thomas! how bout that????



Since: Jul 10, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:49 pm
 

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

yea they rode him for all they could get alot of receiving work and in todays nfl its hard to make it the whole year would have been wise to work in spiller more...



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 3:32 pm
 

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

Funny thing is in my fantasy league, the same guy that drafted Fred Jackson also drafted Jamaal Charles and Jahvid Best! OUCH! hahahaha   This is sad to hear for Fred Jackson though. He was having an AMAZING season and was the Bills ONLY hope at a playoff birth. I hope Buffalo does the right thing and takes care of him a new contract. He's certainly earned it.



Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 3:10 pm
 

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

All I can say is .......CRAP! lol  With a banged up Gore, my fantasy season may rest with McGahee and Blount, now...................



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 3:09 pm
 

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

gunrock,  I would say that he has to be a little of a surprise.  I mean going into this season I woulldn't have relied upon Jackson as a #1 FF back.  You had to think Spiller was going to cut into his carries more than he has so far and that can turn a lot of owners off who are looking for a #1 back.
Fair point.  My perception is actually messed up because I play in a 14 team league.  In that circumstance, considering his recent rushing production and receiving ability, he amounts to at worst a borderline number 1 back in my opinion.  I think he went 2nd or 3rd round because RBs who reliably produce are so scarce these days.  I use Jonathon Stewart as a 2nd RB in this league and that counts as a fairly middle of the road number 2 back for us even though he splits time.  I do tend for forget that most leagues are smaller.  Even 10-12 team leagues function very differently. 

And funnily enough, I did think Spiller was going to get more carries considering his different skill set and Jackson's age to the point that I drafted him.  I had to part ways early in the season and now the guy I am playing this week has him.  Oh, and I rely on Adrian Peterson.  Yay.



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:35 pm
 

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

I took F-Jax with the 66th pick (1st pick of 6th round in my 11-team PPR) as my RB3.  Yes, I took that turd Shonn Greene before him, (kicks self..).  Maybe diamond in the rough was the wrong phrase...but compared to Greene...


I had Tim Hightower in the 8th, Daniel Thomas in the 9th and Ben Tate in the 12th.  Maybe no true diamonds in the rough, just sound drafting of RBs after takin a chance on Ray Rice with #1 overall pick and basically wasting one on Greene. (Foster was injured and CJ wasn't signed at the time).


Regarding the spliting time with RBs you refer to: it sure looks as if the Texans have got it right, using Tate and even Ward to keep Foster from burning out (re-injuring the hammy). Althogh the fact he had the hammy injury in the first place and that they can run over most teams makes the decision easier for them.  (of course now starting Leinart could impact all that)

On C.J. Spiller, I could be wrong; but I don't see him doing much this season any more (which may be more to do with the defeated Bills than his abilities at this point, who knows).  Having the last shot at waiver pick-ups, I wouldn't get Spiller even if I wanted him.  Even if I could get him, I would probably pass given my current alternatives.

  
Good luck to your Niners, except vs the Packers should they meet in January of course...    &n
bsp;  




Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:30 pm
 

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

gunrock,  I would say that he has to be a little of a surprise.  I mean going into this season I woulldn't have relied upon Jackson as a #1 FF back.  You had to think Spiller was going to cut into his carries more than he has so far and that can turn a lot of owners off who are looking for a #1 back.  Now if you got him as a 2 back in that situation because you loaded up at QB and WR early then you got some great value and if you went RB/RB with your first 2 picks then Fred Jackson dropping into a position to be your #3 back who is now turning into a #1 back production you got enormous value with that pick.

I don't think diamond in the rough was the right term but surely any reasonable FF owner didn't grab him in the first 20 picks of the draft and they shouldn't have because of his situation of being 30 and also having a RB in Spiller who was drafted to be the big time playmaker in the running game.



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:04 pm
 

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

F-Jax was a great diamond in the rough this season - even if it is over.

Also, if Jackson was a diamond in the rough in your league you are a fortunate man.  He broke out two seasons ago; everyone should have been all over him.



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:02 pm
 

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

Will CJ Spiller pick up the slack like he was drafted to do?  I doubt it. This entire team is a bust after there 5 game start.
Who can say, but I think the real problem is the Bills not trying out Spiller earlier.  Jackson is 30 years old and has been given 170 carries already this year and has seen extensive usage in the passing game.  Spiller is 24 and has 21 carries.  I know you want your best players out there, but Jackson has taken nearly all of the Bills rushes and they haven't really tried the guy they drafted in the first round.  It's like they are trying to use up Jackson. 

That is even one of my gripes with the 49ers; we see Frank Gore getting significant playing time when games are out of reach and we have a very capable-seeming backup in Hunter.  I think teams need to consider going to 50-50 splits on carries if they have a good backup, an older primary back, and are leading.  You don't need to bench the star, but he doesn't need every carry.  If you have a 26 year old like Peterson, then feel free to keep feeding him.  With Jackson, Gore, Turner, etc try to reduce the load.



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 1:53 pm
 

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

As an F-Jax owner winning my league on the back of strong RBs, F-Jax was a great diamond in the rough this season - even if it is over.  I sure hope he recovers in a couple weeks or so, obviously.  If he does, he will undoubetedly be motivated to continue playing to try and secure a nice contract (even if unsuccessful at doing so given the Bills will be done by then).  I wish him well either way.

If he is done, I get to play matchups the rest of the way with either Shonn Greene, Ben Tate, or Daniel Thomas as my RB2 behind Ray Rice...  could be a lot worse.   


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