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Fred Jackson narrowly escapes injury at Bills lockout workout

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Not to be outdone by other teams whose players are getting together for some lockout workouts, 37 Bills players showed up on Tuesday for a player-organized session at Sahlen’s Sports Park.

The get-together featured a near-miss for running back Fred Jackson, who easily could have been injured when he overran the playing area while trying to catch an overthrown pass.

Per Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 in Buffalo, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a deep ball to Jackson.  His momentum carried him into netting that lines the field, which coincides with the end of FieldTurf and the start of concrete.  Buscaglia reports that Jackson stopped himself “just before a pair of coolers, escaping the moment without an injury.”

“I felt bad,” Fitzpatrick told Buscaglia.  “Fred’s an athlete, as we saw there.  Freddy doesn’t get hurt man, Fred just keeps going with the punches.”

Buscaglia lists the 37 players who were present for the workout.  Notable absences included running back C.J. Spiller, linebacker Shawne Merriman, first-round defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, linebacker Paul Posluszny, safety Donte Whitner, and second-round cornerback Aaron Williams.

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27 Responses to “Fred Jackson narrowly escapes injury at Bills lockout workout”
  1. beatnik25 says: May 24, 2011 6:56 PM

    A “near-miss”? So you’re saying he DID in fact get injured? That phrase is so mis-used it is pathetic. This article says he basically narrowly injured himself.

  2. Deb says: May 24, 2011 7:02 PM

    You’re talking about a near-miss on an injury for Jackson, then mention Dareus and Williams not being there. They aren’t even under contract! If something happened to them, their careers would be over before they started.

  3. smacklayer says: May 24, 2011 7:03 PM

    So this is what we are reduced so? A story about some guy we’ve never heard of who missed a pass at practice and almost ran in to a cooler. (face plant in to my keyboard) Please get a CBA in place soon before I suffer injuries due to this lockout.

  4. ravenator says: May 24, 2011 7:04 PM

    Maybe you shouldn’t lead him like that Fitz!

  5. 2mannings1cup says: May 24, 2011 7:17 PM

    That’s your fault if you haven’t heard of Fred Jackson.

  6. stujo4 says: May 24, 2011 7:21 PM

    >>A story about some guy we’ve never heard of

    You’ve never heard of Fred Jackson, RB Buffalo? I want a spot in your fantasy league, pal.

  7. boiler83 says: May 24, 2011 7:27 PM

    Smack, funny how you use the collective “we” as if to represent football fans and then admit to not knowing one of the games more complete all around running backs. Maybe that should be someone “you’ve” never heard of and in that case you probably won’t miss the season too much.

  8. schemefactory says: May 24, 2011 7:29 PM

    last time i saw an old man get injured almost falling into some coolers, dad had already had a few too many at the family reunion. luckily, there was also some safety netting cuz that’s how WE do….

  9. hollywoodeggers says: May 24, 2011 7:31 PM

    smacklayer, you’re only allowed to post if your a real football fan. real football fans know who fred jackson is. get outta my pft!!!

  10. mfclock says: May 24, 2011 7:34 PM

    @smacklayer: some guy you’ve never heard of???? do u watch football or do you just skim through it?

  11. smacklayer says: May 24, 2011 7:44 PM

    Never heard of him. Nor any other players on the Bills. They suck too bad. I only pay attention to teams that have winning records occasionally.

  12. tjacks7 says: May 24, 2011 7:48 PM

    Those are some noticeable names missing from the get together.

    PS. what’s with all these guys who don’t recognize players names who start and/or get a lot of playing time? Seriously, why even come to an NFL website when you’ve never heard of anyone that’s not in your teams division or doing TV commercials?

  13. tjacks7 says: May 24, 2011 7:50 PM

    PSS. At least all you guys who don’t recognize any of these MFL player names aren’t missing much in the lockout. You all don’t understand what’s happening either way.

  14. kindbass says: May 24, 2011 8:00 PM

    His momentum carried him into netting that lines the field, which coincides with the end of FieldTurf and the start of concrete. Buscaglia reports that Jackson stopped himself “just before a pair of coolers, escaping the moment without an injury.”
    ___________________________________
    Wow! Sounds like a scene from Mission:Impossible!

    /sarcasm

    Wait… the coolers didn’t have bombs in them, did they?

  15. billsin20xx says: May 24, 2011 8:08 PM

    Two things – one is that radio station is known for ‘sensationalism’, it probably wasn’t anywhere near as bad as he made it out to be.
    – the other is I have played lacrosse at that facility, those nets are designed to stop you I seriously doubt he could have gotten hurt!
    The other thing is the Bill’s players won’t let unsigned guys practice, they don’t want them to chance getting hurt.

  16. footballfanman says: May 24, 2011 8:12 PM

    I played center for Fitz in Pop Warner.

  17. ilovefoolsball says: May 24, 2011 8:56 PM

    haha people are letting smacklayer have it for his lack of player knowledge.

  18. agentcharlescarmichael says: May 24, 2011 9:10 PM

    In the news today “Mike Vick narrowly tripped on Desean Jackson’s shoelace and Desean Jackson ironically nearly almost fell down upon Vick almost narrowly tripping on his shoelaces, and a cameraman not narrowly but barily caught Maclin trying to laugh at them when all this atrocious activity was being observed but it turns out it was narrow constipation face”. mhm, lets please stay sane America. XD Freddy keeps rolling with the punches, missing the opportunity of running into a cooler.

  19. tombradyhonorsociety says: May 24, 2011 9:13 PM

    Whoa! That was close…The Bills’ Superbowl chances live and die with Fred Jackson :)

  20. hanktheking says: May 24, 2011 10:12 PM

    Steve Johnson should feel bad that Fred Jackson gives more effort in practice than he does with the game on the line.

  21. southbeachnorth says: May 24, 2011 10:32 PM

    @Deb

    Many rookies without contracts have joined their teammates for workouts! From Julio Jones with the Falcons, to Greg Salas & Lance Kendricks for the Rams and the list goes on.

  22. dirtyharry1971 says: May 24, 2011 10:33 PM

    remember 20 years ago when the Bills actually fielded a good team? god i miss those days

  23. sportsrube90 says: May 24, 2011 11:06 PM

    We have to drop so low as to talk about a injury that never happened?

  24. EJ says: May 25, 2011 8:13 AM

    smacklayer says:
    May 24, 2011 7:44 PM
    Never heard of him. Nor any other players on the Bills. They suck too bad. I only pay attention to teams that have winning records occasionally.

    Are you kidding me? You don’t know who Fred Jackson is? I think you need to lay the smack to the NFL records smacklayer. You should do this before rearing your nasty remarks here at PFT, hater.

  25. schmitty2 says: May 25, 2011 10:15 AM

    Fitz is already overthrowing receivers. Can’t be a good sign

  26. Deb says: May 25, 2011 11:17 AM

    @southbeachnorth …

    Just saw that about Julio this morning. (Bama fan so I’m more likely to notice mentions of Dareus and Julio.) Not sure that’s a good idea. If incoming rookies get hurt, they’re screwed–well, any of these players would be screwed but especially the ones not even under contract.

  27. milestogotoo says: May 25, 2011 12:53 PM

    HEY BEATNIK25 – Maybe you should look up the definition for “near-miss” before calling other people pathetic.

    Near-miss definition:
    1. A narrowly avoided collision, esp. between two aircraft.
    2. Something narrowly avoided; a lucky escape.

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