Today has gone from bad to worse. Chan Gailey reported earlier this afternoon that the Bills would be without the services of running back Fred Jackson this weekend against the Jets. Any time that a player is ruled out this early in the week, you have to know the injury is substantial. Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News has reported that the Bills have placed Fred Jackson on Injured Reserve.
C.J. Spiller has now entered the spotlight and is expected to prove himself worthy of the ninth overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. In addition to Spiller, the Bills have also claimed running back Tashard Choice off waivers from the Washington Redskins. Choice was a fourth round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 2008 and contributed to the Cowboys ground game alongside Marion Barber and Felix Jones.
Jackson was added to the growing list of Bills’ players on IR after suffering a fracture to his fibula against Miami this past Sunday. Without Jackson in the lineup, the Bills’ offense will be forced to operate without their most productive player of the season. Spiller now becomes the starting running back and this is his opportunity to prove skeptics wrong after a sluggish start to his career in the NFL.
This is devastating news for a Bills team that has been offensively challenged in the past 3 weeks. With 1,376 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns this season, Jackson was amongst the top running backs this season and certainly served as a leader for the Bills. The loss of Jackson kills the Bills because not only do they lose 40% of their offense and a captain, but also he is clearly the Bills’ best player.
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