Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:28pm
Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) took limited practice reps again Thursday. It doesn’t sound like Jackson will return this week, though he may be a game-time decision. The Bills play early on Sunday.
Bills beat writer Mike Rodak on the chances that RB Fred Jackson plays in Week 10: I'd say Jackson has a chance, but the odds are still against him playing Sunday. After he was injured in an Oct. 19 win over the Minnesota Vikings, he told WGR 550 radio that doctors expected a monthlong recovery process for a groin muscle that tore off the bone. Jackson, 33, is known as a quick healer and a tough player who can play through pain, so it wouldn't shock me if he played -- but the more prudent move might be to ensure he's healthy for the stretch run. The Bills will need him.
We're not counting on Jackson either. We'll see how he progresses this week. If he does play, he's like be ranked in the teens and share the workload with Anthony Dixon.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:08pm
Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Jackson’s status will be more clear later in the week, once his groin has had a chance to respond to his early return to practice. If he plays, Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown would take a back seat to the far more established Jackson.
Bills RB Fred Jackson missed Buffalo’s Week 8 game with a groin injury suffered in Week 7 against Minnesota. He’s been getting treatment and rehabbing throughout the bye week and is hoping to return sooner rather than later.
“I’m trying to get out there and play as soon as possible,” Jackson said. “It’s going to come down to what the doctors tell me. If I’m out there and moving around and I’m not effective then it’s pointless for me to be out there. But as far as I’m concerned I’m trying to get back as soon as possible. But like I said our doctors ultimately control when it is that I get back out there and see the field.”
“I think one of the things we’ve got is a great training staff and great doctors,” Jackson said. “If it’s possible, it’s possible. If they think I can go out there and do it then it doesn’t matter what week it is or what day. We’ll see what they say. I’ll continue to come in here and keep working. Once they give me that green light I’ll go, whenever it is.”
The site said an update should come later today from the team but it could be shaping up as a game-time decision. A return this week would be a week earlier than the projected four weeks after the injury. Even if Jackson isn't back this week, and it appears there's a chance, the odds look pretty good he'd be back Week 11. It may not be a bad idea to pick him up now if he's on your wire. The Bills host the Chiefs in an early afternoon game so we'll know in advance if Jackson is active.
Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm
Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 8. Jackson is expected to miss around four weeks with the groin injury. Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown are likely to split the workload with Jackson sidelined and C.J. Spiller out for most of the year. Dixon was working with the starters in practice, and should see more carries and most of the goal line work, while Brown would serve as the pass-catching speed back.
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm
Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) missed practice again Thursday. Jackson is expected to miss around four weeks with the groin injury. Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown are likely to split the workload with Jackson sidelined and C.J. Spiller out for most of the year. Dixon is first to work with the starters in practice, and should see more carries and most of the goal line work, while Brown would serve as the pass-catching speed back.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm
Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) did not practice Wednesday. Jackson is expected to miss around four weeks with the groin injury. Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown are likely to split the workload with Jackson sidelined and C.J. Spiller out for most of the year. Dixon was working with the starters in practice, and should see more carries and most of the goal line work, while Brown would serve as the pass-catching speed back.
In the portion of practice open to reporters Wednesday -- essentially just warm-up drills -- Dixon lined up with the first-team next to Kyle Orton, while Brown was paired with EJ Manuel and the second team.
That doesn't mean Dixon will receive more touches than Brown but it's further indication he's ahead of Brown on the depth chart.
This indicates that the Bills don't currently view Brown as the "starter," and that Dixon is likely to get first crack at the carries in the Buffalo backfield. The team has split carries between Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, and is likely to do so again with Dixon and Brown. We're expecting Brown to be more active than Dixon in the passing game, but Dixon may see more carries and get the goal line work. In short, it's unclear which back has more fantasy value, and it may depend on your league format (i.e. Dixon in standard, Brown in PPR).
Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 1:39pm
The Bills needed help at running back with injuries to C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. Tanner has visited the San Francisco 49ers this year and previously worked out for the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts.
Tanner spent the last three seasons with the Cowboys and rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns, as well as nine receptions for 93 yards. He recorded 21 special teams tackles.
He doesn't need surgery but it looks like he could be out about a month. With C.J. Spiller perhaps out for the year, the Bills are suddenly shorthanded at RB and it looks like it's going to be up to Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixson to carry the load. Brown has a chance to get carries the rest of the season if Spiller is indeed out for the year, so he appears to be a worthy pickup for owners who need the help or just want to get deeper.
RB Fred Jackson will have an MRI Monday on his groin injury. It appears serious but he’ll know more Monday.
C.J. Spiller broke his collarbone in the game and reports have him out for the season. That left Anthony Dixon to take over as the team's main back. Bryce Brown, who came over from the Eagles in a trade, was inactive but could see a lot of work going forward. Brown is an interesting back. He was drafted by the Birds in the seventh round and is considered a bit raw. He showed flashes at times with the Eagles but did have some issues with ball security. Brown is a guy who could see a big workload in this offense and is worth a grab off your wire if you're struggling at the position.
Unfortunately, Spiller was ruled out for the remainder of the game with a broken collarbone, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, and will miss the rest of the season after Monday surgery, per a source who has spoken to Spiller.
With Jackson also hurt with a potentially serious groin injury (expected to miss four games), Bryce Brown could get called upon for a big workload going forward, along with Anthony Dixon who took over for Spiller and Jackson in Week 7. Brown is an interesting back. He showed flashes of greatness with the Eagles but ball security has always been an issue. He's considered a bit raw with not a lot of football experience through college which is how the Eagles got him in the seventh round, but the potential is certainly there and he's worth picking up off your wire.
Spiller hasn't been used efficiently by the coaching staff, either. He's nothing more than a RB3/flex type given his limited usage behind the more effective Fred Jackson. Spiller can become a free agent next season.
It's hard to blame the Bills from straying away from RB C.J. Spiller (12-of-69 snaps). Spiller was stopped for a 3-yard loss on the first play of the game, an avoidable play where Spiller ran away from the line of scrimmage at one point trying to elude a defender.
Spiller ran only twice after his late first-half fumble, although part of that was the scoreboard; the Bills were trailing more as the game progressed.
The team chose to put the ball in the hands of Fred Jackson who came in with an ankle injury. Jackson played on 52-of-69 snaps and recorded a TD. Spiller's workload continues to dwindle and he's becoming less and less of a usable fantasy option.
Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm
Bills RB Fred Jackson (knee, questionable) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is questionable for Week 6. Jackson should be fine to face the Patriots. He has been a better start than C.J. Spiller thus far, and we expect that to continue as long as he’s reasonably healthy. The Bills play early on Sunday.