We tend to make a bigger deal about the day an injured player returns to practice than we do about the day after he returns to practice, but Bills running back Fred Jackson provided a reminder on Thursday that getting back on the field is only half the battle.
How your injury responds to returning to work is the other half and Jackson’s report on Thursday left something to be desired in that department. Jackson called himself “disappointed” about the way that his knee felt after his return to practice on Wednesday.
“I was a little sore this morning. A little sore, a little swollen,” Jackson said before practice, via Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 in Buffalo. “Got in the training room and they did what they could. We’ll go out and see what today happens, see what happens, see how I feel on it. I haven’t moved around on it yet. I don’t know if it’s gonna be any worse or if it’s gonna be any better. But, it was a little more sore than expected, but not too much.”
Jackson said that he feels like he will be able to play against the Patriots this weekend, although he did say the decision isn’t up to him and that there would have to be a discussion “about how much I can play.”
Bills coach Chan Gailey will address the media later on Thursday, so we’ll keep an eye out for what he has to say about Jackson. Although today’s lesson is that how Jackson feels on Friday might be a better judge.