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Fred Jackson Expects To Play Against The Patriots

Bills RB Fred Jackson mentioned that he expects to play against the New England Patriots this weekend.

Unless something completely unexpected happens, I will be ready to go Sunday,” Jackson said, via WNYpapers.com.

Jackson suffered LCL injury just a few a weeks ago, so it somewhat surprising to see him healthy enough to play in Week 4. It seemed as though Tashard Choice was going to be in line for an expanded workload, but he will almost certainly lose a lot of playing to Jackson if he is really able to play.

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Bills RB Fred Jackson mentioned that he feels he has a 70-75 percent chance of playing this weekend, via the Bills twitter account. Jackson is currently sporting a knee brace.

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Bills head coach Chan Gailey mentioned that RB Fred Jackson will practice throughout the week.

I don’t know if it’ll be Wednesday or Thursday, but [Jackson] should practice some time this week. His recovery has been amazing,” Gailey said, via BuffaloBills.com.

Jason La Canfora reports that Jackson “should” play against the Patriots next weekend, which would really be amazing considering that his knee injury seemed fairly serious at the time. Tashard Choice still figures to be in the mix for carries. We’ll have updated throughout the week regarding the Bills backfield and Jackson’s status specifically.

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Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 Sports Radio writes that Bills RB Fred Jackson “looked fairly fluid” in his movements on his injured knee, and could be a bit ahead of schedule.

Jackson, 31, was able to participate in change-of-direction and agility drills, which is a pretty positive sign given that he only suffered injury close to two weeks ago. Jackson was originally scheduled to miss anywhere from three to eight weeks, so the fact that Jackson has put together a positive week of practice thus far, gives him at least a shot of returning sooner than many expected.