Bills expect Fred Jackson back on Wednesday

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The Bills held a practice Monday, their first day back at work after last Thursday’s victory over the Dolphins, and running back Fred Jackson did not participate.

Jackson missed that win with a concussion he picked up on a hit from Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes and he was not yet cleared to get back on the field for Monday’s session. According to coach Chan Gailey, that status should change when Jackson takes his next round of tests on Tuesday.

“Fred has not completed everything,” Gailey said Monday, via the team’s website. “He’ll complete everything tomorrow, but everything is on track for him to be ready to go Wednesday. He said he’s feeling well.”

Assuming Jackson does pass the concussion protocol on Tuesday, the Bills will have to figure out how to divvy up the workload in the backfield against the Colts this week and over the rest of the season. C.J. Spiller has been too productive to see his touches go down, especially after he showed Thursday night that increased work did not make him less effective.

Spiller is averaging 6.6 yards per carry this year, more than two yards per carry more than Jackson has managed in roughly the same number of carries per game. Unless he suddenly stops producing, Jackson should be the secondary option out of the backfield the rest of the way.

6 responses to “Bills expect Fred Jackson back on Wednesday

  1. Last year that would have been great news. Not so much this year. And not because Freddy is not good player. He’s amazing. It’s just Spiller is a little bit more amazing. the problem is the incompetent coaches can’t figure out that Spiller should start. Is absolutely baffles me that they don’t see that and the rest of the world does

  2. spiller should get most of the touches Sunday. Freddy will spell him for a few plays. Spiller is to dynamic to not give him 18+ touches. Screen game needs to be in full effect too. Slow down there pass rush

  3. Spiller is by far the better option right now, and it makes no sense why Chan Gailey is sticking with Jackson as the #1 back. It’s not that Jackson is bad; in fact, he’s quite good… but Spiller is spectacular. Spiller is also a legitimate home run threat, whereas Jackson isn’t.

  4. Gailey is an awful coach. Spiller should get 20 touches minimum. Jackson should still be part of the offense. Just not to the extent that Spiller is. As long as Tashard Choice gets no touches and the wildcat is thrown out.

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