Over the past two seasons, the Buffalo Bills have shown signs of a promising future with up-and-coming players like running back C.J. Spiller and wide receiver Stevie Johnson starting to emerge as stars for the struggling franchise. Although there has been some light at the end of the tunnel for the Bills, the team still can’t seem to turn it around and ended the 2012 season with a 6-10 record, last place standing in the AFC East and doubts surrounding the future of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in Buffalo.
Along with Fitzpatrick seemingly on his way out in Buffalo, after failing to live up to expectations of his lucrative contract extension, veteran running back Fred Jackson was also feared to be on the downside of his career after suffering another season-ending injury.
After months after suffering the knee injury that ended his season, Jackson is reportedly back to form and ready to get back to work via BuffaloBills.com:
“I’ve been doing rehab the entire time,” Jackson said on the radio show. “I’ve been able to get up and do some movement on it. I have a meeting with the doctor next week. I’m sure I’ll be cleared and be able to do everything.”
“I’m doing some lifting now. I’m 100-percent, I feel like it. I don’t anticipate any kind of drawbacks or anything before I get cleared by the doctors next week.”
Jackson played in only 10 games during the 2012 campaign starting in seven of those games before going down with an knee injury. The veteran back finished with 654 all-purpose yards and four total touchdowns.
Although Jackson played at a high level when healthy this past season, the veteran has lost his job as the team’s starter in the backfield with the Bills going with Spiller moving forward. Jackson will likely remain the backup heading into the 2013 NFL season sharing carries with Spiller.