Fred Jackson could be back in Week 4

Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson has been recovering from an LCL sprain since the first week of the season. He says he has a shot at playing in Week 4.

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C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson questionable in Week 4

Buffalo Bills running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson are both listed as questionable for Week 4 against the New England Patriots due to injury. However, head coach Chan Gailey said that both players have a legitimate chance to play on Sunday.

Jackson has remained optimistic that he will be able to suit up and told reporters that the only way he was going to miss the game was going to be if something unexpected happens prior to game time. Earlier this week, Jackson said that he was 70-75 percent certain that he will be playing. He is attempting to return from the LCL sprain sustained in Week 1 against the New York Jets.

In terms of Spiller, it was widely expected that he would be unavailable against the Patriots after suffering an AC joint sprain against the Cleveland Browns in Week 3. However, the back has participated in practice the last two days and it seems as though it will be up to the medical staff to determine whether he plays and, if so, how prominent his role will be.

Running back Tashard Choice is available regardless of the status of Jackson or Spiller.


Chan Gailey 'optimistic' on Fred Jackson

There's some good news on the injury front for Bills fans on Thursday, as running back Fred Jackson made it through practice and looks like a return on Sunday might be possible after all. According to Tim Graham, Bills coach Chan Gailey is "optimistic" that he'll have Jackson available for Sunday when the Bills take on the New England Patriots:

Jackson suffered the injury during Week 1 of the NFL season, but C.J Spiller stepped in and did a fantastic job in his absence. Unfortunately for the Bills, Spiller went down with a shoulder injury on Sunday against the Browns as well. With both Jackson and Spiller injured, the Bills were going to have to rely on Tashard Choice and Johnny White to carry the load on the ground. If Jackson is healthy enough to play, it will be a big boost to Chan Gailey's offense.

Jackson and the Bills will host the defending AFC Champions on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET from Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park. The game will be televised on CBS.


Fred Jackson returns to practice

Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson returned to practice ahead of schedule on Wednesday afternoon following the LCL sprain he suffered in Week 1 against the New York Jets.

Originally predicted to miss any where from three-to-eight weeks, Jackson has recovered far more quickly than was originally anticipated and head coach Chan Gailey stated on Monday that the back was expected to return to practice at some point this week. While Gailey refused to speculate about whether Jackson would be available for Sunday's meeting with the New England Patriots, the back said that he was 70-75 percent certain that he would be able to play.

With running back C.J. Spiller already expected to be out for Sunday due to an AC Joint sprain he sustained against the Cleveland Browns, the addition of Jackson would give the Bills depth in the backfield. If Jackson is able to go, he will help Tashard Choice carry the workload.


Fred Jackson Injury: Bills RB To Have MRI On Right Knee

The Buffalo Bills will be without running back Fred Jackson the rest of their game against the New York Jets after he injured his knee in the second quarter of the game.

Jackson was able to move around some on the sidelines late in the first half, however he was unable to get it to the point where he could return.

For more on the Jets, head over to Gang Green Nation, and stick to SB Nation New York for all the latest updates on the team throughout the course of the season. For more news and notes from around the NFL, head over to the SB Nation NFL Hub Page.

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