Fred Jackson Injury: Updates on Bills RB's Knee

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IDecember 9, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 11: Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills runs with the ball against the New England Patriots during the game on November 11, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Fred Jackson is quick, but not enough to shake the injury bug.

The Buffalo Bills' star running back had already missed three games this season due to injury. Against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, he bit the dust again.


UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 6:10 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

Fred Jackson has officially been placed on the injured reserve list (via Adam Caplan):

Bills placed RB Fred Jackson on IR (grade-2 MCL sprain).

— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) December 11, 2012

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UPDATE: Monday, December 10 at 3:36 p.m. ET

Awful news for Bills fans and fantasy owners as it appears Fred Jackson (knee) will land on the injured reserve list, the team announced on Twitter.

#Bills RB Fred Jackson is out for the rest of the year, likely to IR, per Chan Gailey.

— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) December 10, 2012

ESPN's Josina Anderson spoke with Jackson, who shed light on his injury:

Fred Jackson to me on his knee injury: 'They told me it's a grade II sprain of my MCL. I mean technically it's a tear off the bone, because you tear the ligament away from the bone. So that's why some people say it's a tear, but the ligament itself is intact. It's just pulled away from the bone a little bit.'

'It's something that I've done before, so I knew what they were talking about when they said it. It's kind of both. Dealing with it that way you know that you won't have surgery by any means to repair it. They told me I would be out two to three weeks, but I think they might just put me on injured reserve so they can get somebody to come in and play because I won't be able to play the rest of the regular season it looks like. They probably will let me know for sure later today.'

Chan Gailey went on to essentially state that CJ Spiller will be the team's workhorse running back, the team announced on Twitter.

Gailey on RB situation with Fred Jackson out: "CJ will get it as much as be wants"

— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) December 10, 2012

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UPDATE: Monday, December 10 at 10:37 a.m. ET

Fred Jackson's agent responded to ESPN's Adam Schefter's report to shed light on the extent of his client's injury.

@adamschefter Fred's injury is a grade 2 sprain of the MCL

— Ron Raccuia (@RonRaccuia) December 10, 2012

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UPDATE: Monday, December 10 at 10:19 a.m. ET

ESPN's Adam Schefter has the latest on Fred Jackson's injury and all indications are that he will not play in any of the team's final three games of the season.

Bills RB Fred Jackson has a torn medial collateral ligament that is likely to end his season.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 10, 2012

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Monday, December 10 at 7:25 a.m. ET

Awful news for Bills fans and fantasy owners counting on Fred Jackson. Head coach Chan Gailey said that Jackson will miss at least 2-3 games, the team announced on Twitter.

#Bills Fred Jackson is out for a minimum of 2-3 weeks per head coach Chan Gailey.

— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) December 10, 2012

---End of Update---

The Bills’ official Twitter account tweeted the news:

Steven Jackson and CJ Spiller jog out to check on Fred Jackson. Replays show a hit to Jackson's knee #STLvsBUF

— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) December 9, 2012

Chris Brown of tweeted that Jackson may have reinjured the same knee that forced him to miss time earlier in the year:

Looks like his right knee was buckled by a tackler when it was planted on the ground. Same knee as one injured in Jets game in Wk 1 #Bills

— Chris Brown (@ChrisBrownBills) December 9, 2012


While Jackson’s absence takes something away from Buffalo’s offense, he hadn’t been effective prior to his exit on the afternoon anyway. He had only rushed for 14 yards on nine carries. And considering that he recorded a long of 14 yards, what does that tell you about the other eight touches?

In 2012, Jackson has simply been an inferior back to C.J. Spiller. Spiller is averaging an incredible 6.6 yards a pop, while the veteran is averaging just 4.0. That isn’t necessarily a poor yards-per-carry average, but it’s crystal clear that the Bills are better off with the ball in Spiller’s hands—even though Chan Gailey continues to split carries between the backs.

Given that Jackson had to be carted off, though, it’d be shocking if he played next week. In terms of fantasy value, his season is likely over. The odds that he pulls off a miraculous return to the field and he actually manages to produce, all by the time your championship game rolls around, are slim to none.


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.