Buffalo Bills: The Sad Truth About Running Back Fred Jackson

Ronnie HampstonCorrespondent INovember 24, 2011

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 6: Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills carries the ball during NFL game action against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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The Buffalo Bills star Running Back Fred Jackson recently broke his right fibula and was placed on the injured reserve list for the remainder of the season.  Prior to his season ending injury Jackson was 2nd in the NFL for total yards from scrimmage with 1,376 total yards. Jackson has been the best player on the Bills this season and was en route to a trip to the pro bowl.

This injury comes at a bad time for Jackson. Jackson was having his best season as a pro and was the engine behind the Bills improving as a team. Ryan Fitzpatrick was recently rewarded with the bloated contract for 7 years worth $62 million dollars, but Jackson had a lot to do with Fitzpatrick's success.  With Jackson having another stellar season he was going to be due a hefty contract as well. 

By being 30 years old Jackson's age is a red flag . Running backs tend to break down around age 28. By Jackson not having a lot of mileage on his tires he may have been rewarded a decent contract for a 30-year-old back. 

Combining Jackson's age and injury it will be hard for him to get the contract that he deserves.  Jackson has been a model citizen in Buffalo that plays with a giant-sized chip on his shoulder. The undrafted free agent out of Coe College has exceeded all expectations since being brought to the organization by fellow Coe Alum Marv Levy. 

It hurts to see a guy like Jackson get hurt at this stage in his career. He may not get the big contract that running backs crave for, but I hope he is able to bounce back next season after his season-ending injury.