Fred Jackson Injury: Updates on Bills Star's Possible Concussion

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Fred Jackson Injury: Updates on Bills Star's Possible Concussion
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The Buffalo Bills lost their Week 10 contest against the New England Patriots, and may have also lost their captain and starting RB in the process. 

UPDATE: Sunday, November 25 at 11:55 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Great news for Bills fans and Fred Jackson owners—the running back is active for Sunday's contest. From Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550:

Of course, this somewhat limits the production of C.J. Spiller, making his owners unhappy. But not to fear, folks—there should be plenty of fantasy points to go around against the Indianapolis Colts.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, November 21 at 11:58 a.m. ET

Excellent news for Bills fans and fantasy owners as the team announced that Fred Jackson (concussion) has been cleared to practice and is expected to play this Sunday. 

The team also announced that CJ Spiller will start in Jackson's place.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, November 20 at 9:22 a.m. ET

Great news for Bills fans and fantasy owners as Fred Jackson (concussion) is expected to return to practice tomorrow, according to The Buffalo News' Tim Graham per Buffalo head coach Chan Gailey. 

Bills running back Fred Jackson wasn't cleared to return from his concussion for today's practice but is expected to return Wednesday.

'Everything's on track for him to be ready to go Wednesday,' Gailey said. 'He says he's feeling well.'

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UPDATE: Friday, November 16 at 3:55 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

While a concussion kept Fred Jackson out of the Bills' 19-14 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night, there is some good news out of Buffalo. According to Jeff Russo of WKBW-TV Buffalo, Bills head coach Chan Gailey said Jackson could return to practice by next Wednesday:

Considering how spectacular C.J. Spiller has been with Jackson out this season, Buffalo can afford to be cautious. Nonetheless, Buffalo's offense is certainly more dynamic with two top-tier running backs than one.

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UPDATE: Monday, November 12 at 3:37 p.m. ET

Awful news for Bills fans and fantasy owners as Fred Jackson (concussion) has been ruled out for Thursday's primetime contest, according to's Chris Brown.

Bills RB Fred Jackson, who left Sunday’s game with a head injury, does have a concussion.

Head coach Chan Gailey said Jackson will not play this week and has sustained a concussion.

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UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 12 at 2:40 p.m. ET

It's starting to look "unlikely" that Fred Jackson will play in Thursday's contest vs. Miami. 

An Associated Press report found that sources close to the situation believe that the RB will be sidelined due to the concussion-like symptoms. 

A person familiar with the injury calls it "unlikely" that Jackson will play. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because Gailey would only say that Jackson "might not be ready."

It's still not certain what the exact injury Jackson suffered, and we will keep you updated right here as soon as that information is made available.


According to the team’s official Twitter feed, Fred Jackson is being evaluated for a possible concussion after not feeling well and exhibiting potential symptoms on the plane ride home to upstate New York. 

It’s unfortunate, as Jackson was able to find a rhythm against Buffalo’s heated AFC East rival, rushing 16 times for 80 yards and two touchdowns. He also hauled in four receptions for 35 yards and saw his most usage since the Week 6 overtime win against the Arizona Cardinals.

However, Jackson did fumble twice, with the second coming on a play that may have left him concussed. Patriots LB Brandon Spikes delivered a crushing blow to the RB late in the fourth quarter, causing trainers to run out onto the field and help move him to the sidelines.

Jackson did not return to action, and fellow backfield platoon member C.J. Spiller shouldered the load for what little time remained in the contest.

Head coach Chan Gailey has been hesitant to call the “head injury” that Jackson suffered a concussion, but there will likely be clarification on that front sooner than later.

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C.J. Spiller can be reasonably expected to start in case of Jackson's absence.

Buffalo has a short week of rest before participating in Week 11’s Thursday Night Football contest against the Miami Dolphins. If Jackson is held out, Spiller would get the start and Tashard Choice would likely assume backup duties.

Jackson, who suffered a leg injury early in the 2012 campaign, has 75 rushes for 298 yards and three touchdowns on the season. He tied his season high for carries in Week 10 and set new highs for yardage and scores against the Patriots.

We’ll keep you updated right here with the latest news, information, updates, opinions and analysis on Jackson’s potential concussion and his status for Thursday’s game. 

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