Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey has said that star running back Fred Jackson has “a chance” at returning from his LCL tear in Week 4 against the New England Patriots. He has been optimistic on Jackson’s progress lately, which has been remarkable. He is moving forward extremely quickly and a return in Week 4 will beat out the timetable of three to eight weeks. Jackson said that he is aiming to return in Week 4.
Gailey said, “I guess I’m shocked. When I saw (the injury) happen it happened right in front of me. When I heard the prognosis, you’re mentally in that five to six week range. I was nice to say three or four, but I was mentally thinking five or six. To see where he is right now I’ve got to give a lot of credit to him and the work he’s done and to our training staff for the work they’ve done getting him back. It looks like he’s got a chance for the New England game and for sure the next game.”
That’s great news for Bills fans, but I doubt the team rushes Jackson back. He may return in Week 4, but he will likely be limited especially with the job C.J. Spiller has done so far. The blocking has improved in Buffalo, and so has the play of Spiller. Having Jackson back will greatly boost their offense, but Spiller is a great running back in his own right and is doing an excellent job picking up the lost production in Jackson’s absence.
The Patriots run defense will provide a new challenge for both players, and Buffalo will be better off having Jackson pick up a few carries against New England to help Spiller and Tashard Choice out.
And man, Fred Jackson has to be one of the toughest running backs out there.
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