November 23, 2011 Leave a comment
Fred Jackson has been a dominate force at the running back position this year as he lead the league coming into week 11 with 917 yards rushing and it didn’t seem like he was slowing down. That was until the Buffalo Bills traveled to Miami. It was the 5-4 Bills vs. the 2-7 Dolphins. Jackson was coming off of a big game in Dallas of 114 yards off of 13 carries. Despite losing to the Cowboys 44-7 the Bills were ready to snap their two game losing streak and redeem their season.
Though there was knowing bouncing back for Buffalo as the Dolphins did what the Cowboys did the previous week to the Bills; they put on a clinic as they would defeat the Bills 35-8. However that wasn’t the big news as Jackson only rushed for 17 yards off of only seven carries. But it wasn’t because the Dolphins shut him down but it was because an injury did.
Fred Jackson would injure his calf muscle on a four yard pass in the second quarter with roughly five minutes to go. The Bills were trailing 21 to 3 at that point. Luckily for Jackson the X-Rays came out negative.
After the game Jackson would tell reporters “I’ll be all right. It’s just a bruise right now,” Jackson said. “I’ll get some treatment on it this week and see what happens.” Though fast forward to today (Wednesday) Jackson has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.
It’s never good news to hear that a player has been ruled out so early in the week, like it is in Jackson’s case. This calf injury, despite no X-Ray damage is clearly just as bad of an injury even if there was structural damage.
After hearing the devastating news reporters asked coach Chain Gailey if Jackson would return this season. His response; he doesn’t know.
Now while not knowing could mean a lot of things, in this case where Jackson has already been shut down for this week’s game on Sunday without even being tagged as questionable or doubtful isn’t good at all.
So my advice for Bills fans, fantasy owners, and to whom it may concern; Jackson is most likely going to miss the remainder of the season and if you have him in a fantasy league; trade him. If you’re a fan; get used to hearing C.J. Spiller’s name. While I hate to deliver the bad news, unfortunately it is, what it is, Fred Jackson at the time before his injury the leading rusher in the NFL will miss the remainder of the 2011-12 NFL season.