Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson is one of the many names listed as questionable for this Sunday’s rival matchup against the New England Patriots.
According to a report from ESPN, Jackson sprained his ankle during the team’s win against the Detroit Lions last weekend. However, he was only out for a few plays before making a return. Jackson was not seen participating in practice on Friday and was limited on Wednesday and Thursday.
Later, a separate report from ESPN listed that Fred Jackson is among seven of the Bills players listed as questionable for Sunday. The others include cornerback Ron Brooks; safeties Da’Norris Searcy and Aaron Williams; linebackers Nigel Bradham and Brandon Spikes; and defensive tackle Kyle Williams. The two players who have been ruled out for Sunday are receiver Marcus Easly and guard Chris Williams.
Along with an ankle injury, Fred Jackson also reportedly missed Friday’s practice due to illness. However, a source told ESPN that the running back might suit up for Sunday.
“[Jackson] should be good to go.”
Fred Jackson is having an impressive season so far. According to a report from The Boston Globe, the 33-year-old Jackson has 201 rushing yards and an average of 4.8 yards per carry. Even though Jackson is the NFL’s oldest running back and a member of their rival team, Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia had plenty of praise for him and the Bills.
“Fred Jackson is a phenomenal football player. I think age has nothing to do with his ability right now. He is running the ball extremely hard, very powerful. He’s still very explosive through the line of scrimmage. He’s also a big threat and a great target for their offense in the passing game. They do a good job of getting the ball out to the running backs and on the screen game. Fred Jackson does an excellent job of creating those yards after the catch and just creating a lot of offense from both the backfield alignments and then when he gets out in space in the passing game. He is a very, very good football player.”
Jackson was a huge factor in the Bills’ overtime win against the Chicago Bears in the first week of the regular season. In a related report from The Inquisitr, Jackson made a 38-yard run down to the one-yard line, which set up for the team’s game-winning field goal.
The Bills and the Patriots will face each other at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday, October 12. Game time is at 1 p.m. ET.
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