After landing on IR with a broken fibula last week, Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson has been informed that he's no longer eligible to compete in the 2011 Pro Bowl. BuffaloBills.com confirmed it with the league office. Jackson isn't happy about it, and his wife Danielle is decidedly (and endearingly) less happy about it than Jackson himself is.
The news comes less than two weeks after the league revealed that Jackson was the AFC's leading vote-getter from fans at the running back position. At the time, Jackson trailed only Minnesota's Adrian Peterson in votes among running backs, and was the eighth-leading vote-getter in the entire league.
Jackson finished his 2011 season with 934 rushing yards (at 5.5 yards per carry), 442 receiving yards (a career high) and six touchdowns in 10 games. He also had 38 plays - 24 runs and 14 receptions - in which he gained 10 or more yards, gaining 872 of his 1,376 scrimmage yards (63.4 percent) on that very small group (18.2 percent) of touches.
Fred was the epitome of the big-play back this season. Now, Bills fans won't see him again until 2012 training camp begins. Bummer.