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Fred Jackson injury: hamstring could cost Bills RB multiple weeks

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Jackson is the leading candidate to be the top reserve behind starter LeSean McCoy in 2015, but Bryce Brown and Karlos Williams could conceivably make a play for that gig if they show well while Jackson recuperates.

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Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson injured his hamstring during the team's training camp practice on Friday morning, and head coach Rex Ryan told reporters that the veteran runner is expected to miss a couple of weeks as he recovers.

The Bills only just had starting tailback LeSean McCoy (toe) return to the lineup after two practices' worth of rest. Boobie Dixon could miss up to a month with a calf injury. Add in Jackson's injury and the notion that the Bills will protect McCoy for the regular season as much as they can, and the Bills are suddenly looking fairly thin at running back.

Buffalo signed undrafted Eastern Michigan running back Bronson Hill on Thursday to help bolster their body count at the position. He will see his fair share of carries in camp, but for the foreseeable future, the thinned-out depth chart will provide a golden opportunity for both Bryce Brown and Karlos Williams to impress the coaching staff as runners.