It was reported yesterday that Buffalo Bills star running back will Fred Jackson play Sunday versus arch the rival New England Patriots. Fred Jackson hasn’t been active since week one after spraining his Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL).
I don’t know how much we will see of Fred, I have a feeling that 3rd running back Tashard Choice is going to carry a bulk of the carries just to be on the safe side to minimize the chance of re-injury or worse.
If Fred can play at previous high levels, this could be the confidence boost for the Bills to put over the patriots, not to mention another weapon for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, since Fred is extremely versatile between running down the field or catching passes as well.
Fred Jackson is the epitome of a long shot at best for a NFL career, coming out of division three Coe College, where also former Buffalo Bills head coach Marv Levy attended. He was deemed at the time 6′ 1″ 195 lbs. too small for the NFL, so he went to the National Indoor Football League in 2004 and United Indoor Football in 2005, after that he went to now defunct NFL Europa and played for the Rhein Fire in 2006. Eventually bulking up to 217 lbs, in 2006 he would get his big break after signing with the Buffalo Bills and the rest as they say is history.
Last season Fred Jackson was having MVP-like numbers, however a broken leg in Miami stopped his to pace suddenly and was placed in season-ending injured reserve.
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