Fred Jackson Likely Done for Season with Sprained MCL

Fred Jackson likely done for season, Spiller owners rejoice

12/10/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Fred Jackson Likely Done for Season with Sprained MCLBuffalo Bills' running back Fred Jackson was forced from Sunday's game against the Rams with a knee injury, which head coach Chan Gailey acknowledged "did not look good" after the game. Jackson was diagnosed with an MCL sprain, which would reportedly hold him out for a minimum of 2-3 weeks. On Monday, Jackson suggested that with only three games left in the season - and a playoff berth extremely unlikely - the Bills may place him on the injured reserve, which would end his season.

"They told me I would be out 2-3 weeks," Jackson told reporters. "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."

This is the third separate injury this season that will keep Jackson sidelined for at least one game - the first being an injury to the same knee, and the second being a concussion. Assuming he misses the remainder of the season, this will be the second straight year that Jackson only managed to play in ten games. It's fair to wonder just how much work Jackson will be able to handle in the future, as he'll be turning 32 years old about two weeks after the Super Bowl.

With Jackson out, the electrifying CJ Spiller will now get a ton of work as the featured man in the Bills' backfield. Spiller is averaging 6.6 yards per carry, and immediately becomes one of the top fantasy running backs in the NFL with Jackson sidelined. Though he'll be facing some tough run defenses, Spiller owners can plug their man right into their starting lineups, while Jackson owners can cut bait and look for another option. Even if Jackson does play again this season, it won't be until the fantasy playoffs are over.
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