Fred Jackson was on an NFL leading pace in rushing yards and total yardage... Through ten games Fred Jackson had amassed an impressive 170 carries for 934 yards (5.5 yards a carry) and 6 touchdowns. Additionally, Jackson caught 39 passes for 442 yards (11.3 yards a catch) while only fumbling twice. Jackson completes the trifecta by having some blocking ability (remind anyone of Thurman in the glory days). Indeed destiny seemed to shine down on a Bills player and invite him to fly to Hawaii…
However, when playing in Miami, Fred Jackson got injured and left the game with a fractured fibula. This injury in particular takes a few months to heal and so the coaching staff felt it would be a better bet to put Freddy on the IR to heal which they did so on November 23 according to Yahoo (#22). Bills fans were devastated to lose their underpaid play-maker and life of the offense. However, they took solace that regardless of his injury, Freddy had shown enough talent to make the Pro Bowl this year. That's when Roger Goodell and the fun police told the Bills that because Jackson had been placed on the I.R. he was NOT eligible for the Pro-Bowl. This is despite the fact that Fred Jackson had been leading the AFC running-back polls and would have likely been healthy enough to play. As such, Jackson's name was taken off the ballot end of story.
Or is it?
I was going through the ritual of voting for my favorite (Bills) players on the NFL Pro-Bowl Ballot. (see my upcoming article for Bills players that stand a fair chance of getting named to the pro-bowl) One area that I was looking at was the quarterback section. That’s when I saw a talented name, second in QB rating in the AFC, Matt Schaub of the Texans. This piqued my curiosity as I remembered reading how Schaub was placed on injured reserve due to a foot injury. Doing some more digging I saw that Schaub was placed on the IR on none other than November 23 according to Yahoo (#8). Yet Schaub’s name still is on the pro-bowl ballot.
Now I am not trying to get Schaub off the ballot; on the contrary I am hoping that this means Freddy can get back on board. Both of these players deserve it, particularly Jackson who seemed in line to be a nominee for the NFL MVP at the end of the year. The same thing goes for center Eric Wood, although his injury occurred a week earlier. So then why the double standard? Have at it Rumblers.