Coach Chan Gailey apparently isn’t aware of it, but the Bills still have a shot to make it to the playoffs.
It will take a pretty miraculous set of circumstances for them to actually advance to the postseason and it appears they’ll need to have all those things fall into place to get running back Fred Jackson back on the field this season. Jackson took a helmet to the knee during Sunday’s loss to the Rams and Gailey said during a morning interview with WGR that the injury “doesn’t look good.”
Gailey said that Jackson is out a minimum of two to three weeks as a result of the injury, a timeline that basically brings Jackson’s regular season to an end. Jackson has missed two games already this year with an injury to the same knee and missed a third game because of a concussion, contributing to a disappointing season across the board for Jackson.
Assuming the injury winds up following the prognosis laid out by Gailey and the Bills do the expected by missing the playoffs, that could be the last we see of Jackson in Buffalo. He’s due to make nearly $5 million next season in salary and bonuses, a lot for a guy who has been passed by C.J. Spiller in terms of ability if not playing time. One of the chief complaints of the Bills season has been Spiller’s usage, complaints that got some fuel as Spiller had eight touches to 14 for Jackson despite averaging more than four yards per touch more than Jackson managed.