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Fred Jackson expected to practice this week

Fred Jackson, LaRon Landry AP

It doesn’t look like the Bills will have running back C.J. Spiller for Week Four, but that might not mean that Tashard Choice will be their only backfield choice.

During a radio interview with WGR Sportsradio 550 in Buffalo on Monday, Bills coach Chan Gailey said that he expects to see running back Fred Jackson back on the practice field this week. Jackson was diagnosed with a knee sprain after the opening loss to the Jets that was originally expected to keep him out three-to-eight weeks. Jackson has been making quick progress, though, and Gailey said he had a chance to return against the Patriots.

“Fred will practice this week,” Gailey said, via the Bills website. “I don’t know if it’ll be Wednesday or Thursday, but he should practice some time this week. His recovery has been amazing.”

Spiller is expected to miss a week or two with a sprained shoulder he suffered early in Sunday’s win over the Browns. Choice ran for 91 yards on 20 carries after Spiller left the game, remaining efficient while losing the explosiveness that helped them to a 14-0 lead. They’ll probably need to make a few more big plays against the Patriots this week, which would make a healthy Jackson a welcome addition to the lineup.

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3 Responses to “Fred Jackson expected to practice this week”
  1. theclaim says: Sep 24, 2012 2:06 PM

    Come back Fred my fantasy team needs you

  2. wrdtoyrmama says: Sep 24, 2012 3:00 PM

    Good to see Fred coming back sooner than they thought. Exciting player.

    Still interested in hearing how Landry’s “cheap shot” to Fred’s left quad, in front of the Bills’ bench who had no issue with it, caused him to sprain the ligaments in his right knee…….

  3. billsboy88 says: Sep 24, 2012 7:31 PM

    The hit wasn’t necessarily illegal, but how can you justify aiming at someone’s knee with your helmet. Go ahead and tell me he hit his “quad,” the picture on this article alone says otherwise.

    This is how Coaches teach young players to tackle:
    1. Club. Break down, square up and make hard contact with your shoulder pad, aiming for the ball carrier’s waist.
    2. Cloth. Wrap around the ball carrier, grabbing jersey, and pulling him in close.
    3. Finish. Drive through the ball carrier, forcing him backward and into the ground.

    On that play, Landry ignored all that and launched himself at Fred’s knees. He never even attempted to wrap up. Look at the photo, it’s true.

    Landry is not alone in this poor tackling technique by any means. It’s become an epidemic in the NFL. Coaches need to go back to basics with these guys.

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