Fred Jackson RB BUF 8 Months1 Comment

Fred Jackson wound up playing 663 snaps to C.J. Spiller's 389 in 2013.

Spiller's Week 4 high ankle sprain had some effect, but ultimately F-Jax played so many more downs because the Bills trusted him in pass protection. He was Buffalo's go-to third-down back. Under Doug Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett -- who publicly promised before the season to "run C.J. until he pukes" -- Spiller actually ended up playing fewer snaps than he did the year before under Chan Gailey (579). Jackson turns 33 in February. Spiller is 26, so look for the pendulum to swing back C.J.'s way sooner rather than later.

Fred Jackson RB BUF 8 Months

Fred Jackson rushed 14 times for 60 yards and a touchdown in Buffalo's Week 17 loss to the Patriots, adding three catches for 53 yards.

Ageless F-Jax finishes his latest solid season with 896 yards rushing, 388 receiving yards and nine total touchdowns. He averaged 4.3 yards per carry, and appeared in all 16 games after combining to miss 12 in 2011-12. Jackson is two months shy of his 33rd birthday, but signed for an affordable $2.45 million, there's almost no way he won't be back for 2014.

Fred Jackson RB BUF 8 Months

Fred Jackson (ribs) is listed as probable for Week 17.

He'll be all systems go against the Patriots on Sunday.

Fred Jackson RB BUF 8 Months

Fred Jackson (ribs) returned to practice Thursday.

Jackson was able to gut it out through broken ribs last week, posting a 19/111/1 line in the win over Miami. We're not expecting him to be limited in the season finale.

Fred Jackson RB BUF 8 Months

Fred Jackson (ribs) did not practice Tuesday.

Jackson played through a rib injury in Sunday's win over the Dolphins, so the Bills are just getting him some rest. He's in no danger of missing Week 17 against the Patriots.

Fred Jackson RB BUF 8 Months

Fred Jackson played through broken ribs in Sunday's win over the Dolphins.

Jackson looked to be fine, rushing 19 times for 111 yards with a touchdown. "You want to be a leader on this team? One of the best ways to show that you're with this team is to play hurt. And that's what I wanted to do -- let those guys know that I would be with them," he said. It's yet another reminder that players can often play through broken ribs as long as the pain isn't too overwhelming.

Fred Jackson RB BUF 8 Months

Fred Jackson rushed 19 times for 111 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's 19-0 Week 16 win over the Dolphins.

The Bills absolutely dominated the Dolphins from the jump, leading to tons of volume for both Jackson (21 touches) and C.J. Spiller (23 touches). Of course, F-Jax got the majority of red-zone looks and was more powerful between the tackles, leading to his smooth 9-yard score in the second quarter. It was his first 100-yard rushing game of the season, but Jackson has been remarkably effective in his age-32 season. Heading into the finale, he has 836 rushing yards, 334 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

Fred Jackson RB BUF 8 Months

Fred Jackson (ribs) is active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, as expected.

Jackson's status was never in doubt. He's a strong bet to both out-snap and out-carry C.J. Spiller once again, likely getting somewhere around 10-15 touches. Stevie Johnson (personal) and E.J. Manuel (knee) are both inactive, as previously announces. The rest of the Bills inactives: S Aaron Williams, RB Ronnie Wingo, CB Brandon Smith, OL Mark Asper and OL Antoine McClain.

Fred Jackson RB BUF 8 Months

Fred Jackson (ribs) is listed as probable for Week 16.

Jackson was limited in practice this week for rest purposes. He's a mid-range RB2 for Sunday's matchup with the Dolphins.

Fred Jackson RB BUF 8 Months

Coach Doug Marrone confirmed Fred Jackson is expected to play against the Dolphins Sunday.

Jackson took Wednesday off as a mere rest day. He'll be ready for his normal workload in Week 16, which means 10-15 carries, 2-4 catches and red-zone work.