Bills place RB Fred Jackson on IR

Tom Szczerbowski

The Bills placed running back Fred Jackson on the injured reserve as expected Tuesday afternoon, putting the pressure on alternatives C.J. Spiller and Tashard Choice.

The Buffalo Bills placed running back Fred Jackson on the injured reserve Tuesday, the team announced. Jackson sprained his MCL against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, after which coach Chan Gailey hinted that he would likely be out for the remainder of the season.

After failing to miss a single game from the beginning of the 2008 season through Week 11 of 2011, Jackson has been hit by a variety of injuries over the past year or so. This is just the latest in a line of aches and pains that has limited the running back to just 20 games over the past two seasons.

In the midst of a breakout season last year, Jackson suffered a fractured fibula against the Miami Dolphins, quickly putting his season to an end. He didn't get much luck to begin this season, either, spraining his LCL in a Week 1 match-up against the New York Jets.

Jackson only missed two games due to that injury, but he also missed time with a concussion this season before succumbing to the MCL sprain. This knee injury will keep him out for the remaining three games of the season, leaving Buffalo with C.J. Spiller and Tashard Choice in the backfield.

Over 10 games this year, Jackson ran the ball 115 times for 437 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught 34 passes for 217 yards. It's his worst total yardage figure for a single season since his rookie season, which consisted of just eight games.

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