Knee injury sidelines Bills back Fred Jackson four weeks
Buffalo, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The Buffalo Bills are expecting running back Fred Jackson to be sidelined three to four weeks after MRI results on his right knee came out “inconclusive”.
The MRI failed to determine if Jackson’s lateral collateral ligament is torn or sprained. He is advised to rest for seven to 10 days before undergoing additional testing.
An NFL.com source said Jackson’s injury will not require surgery despite experiencing significant swelling.
Jackson suffered the injury after receiving a nasty tackle in the first half of the Bills’ 48-28 loss to the Jets Sunday.
Jackson signed a two-year contract extension with Buffalo following a spectacular 2011 where he collected 934 yards on 170 carries and six touchdowns in 10 games before his campaign was cut short by a fractured right fibula in November.
Coach Chan Gailey had planned to use Jackson alongside C.J. Spiller to power the Bills’ ground offense.
Aside from Jackson, the Bills also lost wide receiver David Nelson for the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL.
Nelson was a key component to the Bills’ offense last season, pulling in 61 receptions for 658 yards and five touchdowns.
Without Nelson, Gailey will rely on Donald Jones and rookie speedster T.J. Graham to make an impact for the Bills’ receiving corps.