Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson injured his knee in the fourth quarter against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. Despite grim speculation after the game, head coach Chan Gailey said Jackson will only miss 2-3 weeks.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Jackson has a torn MCL in his knee, but Ron Raccuia, Jackson's agent, countered by calling the injury a Grade 2 sprain (which means that the ligament is partially torn).
Gailey, making his weekly Monday morning appearance on WGR 550, didn't give specifics on the injury outside of the time table. With just three games remaining, this is better news for Jackson than for the Bills. The 31-year-old will likely avoid an extensive off-season rehabilitation regimen - though we may not see him again this season.
Jackson missed one game with a concussion in November, and two games earlier this season with a torn LCL. He missed the final six games in 2011 with a broken leg after playing in 61 consecutive games from the 2007 season. Whether he is done for the season or not, he is unlikely to avoid his lowest rushing totals since his rookie season. He has 115 carries for 437 yards at 3.8 yards per carry in 2012.
Infuriating astute Bills fans everywhere, Tashard Choice was the man to step in when Jackson went down on Sunday. C.J. Spiller had just seven rushing attempts and none after Jackson was carted off.