Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson exited his team's Week 7 game against the Miami Dolphins with a knee injury, opening up the door for C.J. Spiller to put up big fantasy points.
That doesn't mean he'll do it, however.
As noted by the Bills on Twitter, Jackson went down after he caught a screen pass in the first quarter:
Fred Jackson takes a screen for 1st down yardage. Is down on the play, being looked at by trainers. #BUFvsMIA— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) October 20, 2013
ESPN's James Walker provided details about what happened next. At one point trainers brought the cart out onto the field, but Jackson didn't end up needing it. He was walking around on the sideline with a "big limp," however:
#Bills RB Fred Jackson is injured. Looks like his leg or knee and he's not getting up.— James Walker (@JamesWalkerNFL) October 20, 2013
A lot of concern on the #Bills sideline. The cart is coming out for RB Fred Jackson.— James Walker (@JamesWalkerNFL) October 20, 2013
#Bills RB Fred Jackson is walking around on the sideline with a big limp. But he didn't need the cart. He's still testing his leg.— James Walker (@JamesWalkerNFL) October 20, 2013
Chris Brown of the Bills reported Jackson's return to the game as "questionable," but he later returned to action after taking some time to recover on the sideline and even scored a touchdown:
Fred Jackson has a knee injury. His return is questionable. #Bills— Chris Brown (@ChrisBrownBills) October 20, 2013
Fred coming back on the field for offense. #Bills— Chris Brown (@ChrisBrownBills) October 20, 2013
Spiller has been dealing with injuries of his own this season and has struggled to stay on the field. When he's healthy, however, there aren't many running backs in the league as explosive as he is—both as a runner and a receiver.
Last season, Spiller broke out with 1,244 rushing yards, 459 receiving yards and eight total touchdowns.
Through six games this year, he has rushed for 351 yards and one touchdown, adding just 40 more yards on 11 receptions.
He entered Sunday's game listed as probable on the team's official injury report. He missed practice on Wednesday, was limited on Thursday and finally participated fully on Friday as he was dealing with the lingering effects of an ankle injury.
In Sunday's game against Miami, Spiller totaled just seven yards.
Right now, at least until he's healthy for a couple of weeks, Spiller is someone you should consider keeping on your bench. Jackson has been the Bills' best running back of late, and he'll continue to be heavily utilized as long as he produces.
With Spiller not quite 100 percent himself, he'll likely lose carries to both Jackson and Tashard Choice moving forward.
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