Fred Jackson injury is a partially torn MCL, which is good long-term news

Rick Stewart

The back half of the Buffalo Bills' running back platoon could well miss the rest of the season, but the Fred Jackson injury news isn't nearly as bad as it looked at the end of their loss to the St. Louis Rams.

The Buffalo Bills lost 15-12 to the St. Louis Rams in the 4th quarter of their Week 14 matchup, but it was an apparent Fred Jackson injury that looked like the most crushing blow—Jackson collapsed on the field and had to be helped off before ending up on a cart to the locker room. It looked like the kind of knee injury that ends a season and puts a career in doubt, and as it turns out Jackson will probably miss the rest of the year. But only because it's Week 14.

Buffalo Rumblings has the latest news: Fred Jackson has a partially torn MCL. That's not great news for a running back, but it should mean he'll have a normal offseason and be ready to infuriate C.J. Spiller's fantasy football owners by the time the preseason starts in earnest.

Jackson, who averaged 5.5 yards per carry last season, is in the midst of the worst season of his six-year career; in 10 games he's carried the ball 115 times for 437 yards and three touchdowns, and average of 3.8 yards per carry. Tashard Choice inexplicably entered the game as Jackson's replacement against the Rams, but the Bills have said they plan on using Spiller as much as he can take in Jackson's absence for the rest of the season.

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