Fred Jackson, running back for the Buffalo Bills, left Sunday’s 48-28 loss against the New York Jets with an injured knee. Jackson, who left early in the second quarter after running for 7 yards, was hit hard by Jets’ safety LaRon Landry.
Jackson, who was on injured reserve last season with a broken right leg, remained down for a few minutes while trainers checked him over before finally making his way to the sidelines on his own. Trainers worked on Jackson on the bench before accompanying the Bills’ running back to the locker room, a towel over his head and what can be sure to be frustration in getting injured during the first game of the season.
Jackson, who rushed for a career high of 1,062 yards back in 2009, has shown a slight decline since then, but has come to play nonetheless. Last season was his second best rushing year as Jackson ran for 934 yards, averaging about 5.5 yards per carry with 6 touchdowns and only two fumbles.
No doubt the Bills have lost an offensive weapon in Jackson, his injury is listed as only a sprain. The bright side for Buffalo is their second stringer in C.J. Spiller, the ninth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft from Clemson, who ran for a career best of 169 rushing yards on 14 carries with one touchdown to show for it in Buffalo’s slaughtering.
Jackson is scheduled for an MRI Monday, and time will tell whether or not Jackson will be riding this season out on the bench to rehab his ailing legs.
Buffalo goes up against the Kansas City Chiefs next Sunday, another 0-1 team.