Buffalo Bills star RBs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller did not practice today, and Jackson actually aggravated a sprained MCL in last week’s upset victory over the rival Miami Dolphins. Jackson is one of the toughest players in the game, and he honestly doesn’t get recognized enough for his toughness. Not only did he return from an MCL sprain like four weeks earlier than anticipated early in the 2012 season, but he also made an incredible return on Sunday. After clearly being in pain due to the knee injury, he came back on the next drive and ran for a touchdown. What. A. Beast.
Jackson’s entire season can be summed up in the word “beast”, as the 32-year-old veteran continues to prove why he is one of the best all-around backs in the game. He has caught 25 passes this season, has run for 380 yards, has five rushing touchdowns, continues to block at a high level, and he is one of the most efficient rushers on third downs.
Even though Jackson did not practice today, ESPN NFL Nation’s Mike Rodak reports that he will be ready to play in this week’s tough game against the New Orleans Saints. While Fred Jackson is clearly in some pain, this knee injury won’t hold him back from playing this week, and it’s admirable seeing how tough this guy is. I worry that he’s too tough for his own good, though, because he is 32 and was never the same last year after returning early from that MCL sprain.