Fred Jackson feeling better, to practice today


The Bills know their rushing attack won’t be at full strength Sunday, but they’re hoping they have at least one of their backs back.

According to Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News, Fred Jackson gave himself a “70 to 75 percent chance” of playing against the Patriots Sunday

“From the workout and the rehab [Monday] morning, it went extremely well. It looks like he’s going to practice Wednesday and we’ll see how he feels during the course of the week,” Bills coach Chan Gailey said. “I’m very optimistic.”

Jackson has missed two games with a sprained LCL in his right knee, and will wear a brace when he returns, after trying several models with the training staff.

As for C.J. Spiller, who leads the league in yards from scrimmage but injured his shoulder last week, there was also some degree of optimism.

“Maybe not as bad as originally thought,” Gailey said. “[We’re] not going to completely rule him out this week, but you know I think it’s more of a chance that he won’t [play against New England] than he will.”

Gailey also said there was a “good chance” Spiller would be able to return the following week at San Francisco.

The Bills have embodied “next man up,” with Spiller freaking out after Jackson’s injury, and Tashard Choice responding to Spiller’s with 20 carries for 91 yards in Sunday’s win over the Browns.

How they manage them as they come back is a problem Gailey’s glad to have.

10 responses to “Fred Jackson feeling better, to practice today

  1. Next man up success is a product of the offensive line. Quietly, the Bills have one of, if not the best o-line in football. Zero true sacks and the highest YPC average in the league is hard to argue against. Props to Corey Glenn who appears to be the steal of the draft. Making Mayock and Kiper look silly for saying he couldn’t play LT.

  2. Spiller and Jackson have opposite running styles, that is why they compliment each other. I can’t wait until they are both back on the field.

  3. So far, I’ve got 1.5 points from Fred Jackson. C,mon!! Why oh why didn’t I handcuff with Spiller?! I did just picked up Tashard Choice this morning though. Do all you Bills fans feel that Choice will get the most carries this Thursday?

  4. It may not look super rosy right now, but the Bills are quietly building a solid team. Their offensive line is incredible, and they’ve got a very nice d-line as well. Obviously there’s still a lot more work to do but winning in the trenches is where it all starts and the Bills seem to have finally figured that out. Let’s hope they stay patient with the current front office and allow them to continue to build.

  5. Love what is happening in Buffalo, as a niners fan, I feel your pain of “rebuilding” for years and years. Do me a favor and win the East then I want to see Fred Jackson punch Rex Ryan in the throat.

  6. The Bills’ o-line, after years of disarray, is looking very solid. They have done a fantastic job of protecting fitz and are really clearing the road for the bills’ running game. Im starting to feel like anyone can run behind these guys. The Bills built this line the right way: from the ground up through the draft. It’s starting to really pay off.

    Wood is a total team leader, Levitre is one of the most versitile linemen in the NFL, and the Bills may have finally found a franchise LT in Cordy Glenn, he has been outstanding.

    And to the guy who asked, yes, I expect Choice to get the majority of the carries. I think Jackson will get most of his touches on the screen and on 3rd down. No point in rushing Freddy back and possibly making his injury worse.

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