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RB Fred Jackson - Buffalo Bills

6-1, 215Born: 2-20-1981College: CoeDrafted: ---

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Jackson suffered a groin injury that ended his day against the Vikings in Week 7. He'll have further testing on the injury later in the week.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 20): Jackson suffered a serious groin injury on Sunday, and is week to week. Reports on Monday indicated that after a Sunday MRI, Jackson was told his groin injury typically comes with a four-week recovery timetable. Jackson said his adductor longus pulled off the bone about a centimeter, and he felt a pop. The injury is typically a four-week injury, but surgery is not required.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): Jackson has a groin injury of unspecified severity, but it sounds like it will be of the multi-week variety. It's a tough call whether to carry his solid RB2 profile through the injury recovery in short bench leagues.

Week 8: at New York Jets

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 at HOU 7 33 0 7 6 52 0 0
5 at DET 11 50 0 9 7 58 0 0
6 vs NE 10 26 1 6 4 17 0 0
7 vs MIN 3 12 0 3 3 16 0 0
8 at NYJ PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs DET (11 / 50 / 0 rush, 9 / 7 / 58 / 0 rec)

Mr. Do Everything, Fred Jackson was the Bills offense for the majority of the game as he led the team in rushing yards, catches and was second in both targets and receiving yards. Running the ball, Jackson frequently found creases through the strength of the Lion defensive line on his way to averaging 4.9 yards per carry despite his longest run only going 10 yards. Stating the obvious, Jackson clearly lacks the suddenness of CJ Spiller, but more than makes up for with tremendous vision and sound feet. Jackson only ran outside the tackles once, but still slithered through the wreckage like an eel, as he rarely needed more than one slight cut to manifest space. Jackson also dominated the backers assigned to stopping him in the passing game. Jackson had two catches of 19+ yards, including a long of 26 yards that saw him take that slitherly approach to the screen game. Looking like an extension of his running game, Jackson took what a perfect play call and beautifully blocked, and fluidly glided his way to the big gain. There's almost a tranquility to his running style that rarely seems fast enough and is short on moves until absolutely necessary. Jackson also showed some speed on his catch of 19 yards, as he was just too much for DeAndre Levy to keep up with on the arrow route. Initially in the right place, Levy tried to pick up Jackson has he flashed on the play but simply couldn't keep up. Jackson also showed his abilities to help the offense even when he doesn't have the ball in his hands. In fact Jackson showed he could do both as he helped redirect the pressure off the edge before slipping into the flat for a short gain. Jackson's ability to help in pass coverage also led to more snaps after Spiller missed an assignment that resulted in a sack. Jackson converted a two-point conversion as well, finding plenty of room up the middle (and little resistance) on the play. Jackson did appear to suffer some sort of leg injury (looked like a hamstring, was later reported as a sprained ankle) late in the game but ultimately was able to return on the final drive.

2014 Week 6 vs NE (10 / 26 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)

Despite showing no ill effects of the ankle injury that led to his questionable tag all week, Fred Jackson and the entire rushing attack struggled to get anything going on Sunday. Jackson's longest run went eight yards and if nothing else showed no issues with his ankle. The flow of the play went right, but Jackson used a quick jump cut against the current at the line of scrimmage and without hitch was up field on the eight-yard gain. His lone saving grace, Jackson did find the end zone on a one-yard dive that was nothing more than a straight power run right up center Eric Wood's back. Game flow undoubtedly affected opportunity as the Bills chased a deficit all afternoon, but when Jackson was running the ball there was absolutely no space with which to work. Jackson also struggled to get much going in the passing game either, as his four catches only amassed 17 yards. His long was vintage Fred Jackson as he caught the ball well short of the sticks and willed his way to the first down. Two Patriots converged and were on Jackson immediately, but he powered through the initial hit and dragged both four more yards for a first down.

2014 Week 7 vs MIN (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)

Fred Jackson's day was short-lived on Sunday as he suffered an apparent groin injury on the team's third drive of the game. Running right, Jackson tried to plant and cut at the line but went down in a heap immediately after planting. It didn't look menacing initially, but the back immediately clutched at his groin and could only get off the field help and the most ginger of walks to the sideline. It didn't take long for the training staff to load Jackson on to the cart nor for everyone watching to see the concern on Jackson's face, as he was visibly upset before disappearing into the locker room. Initial reports have it anywhere from a two-week to four-week recovery, but more will be revealed once Jackson gets his MRI on Monday.


Latest News

Bills | Fred Jackson hopes for quick return (Mon Oct 20, 01:32 PM) - Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) said he hopes to be able to return from his injury quicker than expected four-week time frame.

Our View: Without Jackson, we're going to see some form of combination between Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown. Fantasy owners should wait and see how this split develops while Jackson is out. Brown is more physically talented than Dixon, but it's Dixon who is more decisive as a runner.
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Bills | Fred Jackson has slight tear (Mon Oct 20, 10:09 AM) - Updating previous reports, Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) said his adductor longus pulled off the bone about a centimeter, and he felt a pop. The injury is typically a four-week injury, but surgery not required.

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Bills | Fred Jackson to sit in Week 8 (Sun Oct 19, 09:14 PM) - Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) had an MRI Sunday, Oct. 19, and he will be out at least two weeks due to the groin injury he suffered in the Week 7 game against the Minnesota Vikings. The team has a bye in Week 9, so it is possible he returns in Week 10 and misses just one game.

Our View: Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown will split the backfield work in a minus matchup against the Jets next week.
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Bills | Fred Jackson to have further tests (Sun Oct 19, 06:54 PM) - Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) will need further tests to determine the severity of the groin injury he suffered in Week 7 against the Minnesota Vikings, head coach Doug Marrone said Sunday, Oct. 19.

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Bills | Fred Jackson to undergo MRI (Sun Oct 19, 02:59 PM) - Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) is scheduled to undergo an MRI to determine the severity of his groin injury.

Our View: This sounds like a multiweek injury because of how quickly Jackson was ruled out for the game. Look for Anthony Dixon or Bryce Brown to get the start next week at the Jets.
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