The Bills have yet to officially diagnose running back Fred Jackson with a concussion. Appearing Monday morning on WGR 55 in Buffalo, coach Chan Gailey admitted that, on the flight back from New England, Jackson was experiencing “concussion-like symptoms.”
So . . . he was hit in the head while playing football, he left the game because of it, and he was suffering “concussion-like symptoms” on the flight home. Maybe he ate a bad black-and-white cookie.
It’s a bit ridiculous that some teams continue to resist application of the “C” word, but it’s understandable. Once that label is used, the team loses control over the process, with the player returning to practice and/or games only after being cleared by an independent neurologist.
For Jackson, it’s unlikely that such clearance will be provided before Thursday night, when the Bills and Dolphins get together for their lone short-week game of the year.