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Monday, October 20, 2014

Bills Injury Update: Fred Jackson will not require surgery on injured groin

By on 10/20/2014 12:00:00 PM

The Buffalo Bills lost their top two running backs during the first half of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, first Fred Jackson to a groin injury and then C.J. Spiller to what has been reported as a broken collarbone. Spiller is out for the season, but Jackson will return at some point on the heels of news he won't need groin surgery.

During a radio appearance on Monday morning, Jackson said his groin injury typically carries a four-week recovery timetable and he further confirmed he won't need surgery. He also said, as could be expected, that he will try to beat that timetable and won't rule out returning as soon as Week 10. But a return in Week 11 against the Miami Dolphins or Week 12 against the New York Jets looks more likely, and at age-33 the Bills will surely not rush Jackson back into action.

Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon will be Buffalo's top two running backs in Week 8 against the Jets, and with a bye in Week 9 it's possible Jackson will only miss one game if he can return on the timetable he has cited as his target. But I would bet on Jackson missing at least one more game coming out of the bye week, which assumes he has no setbacks in his recovery and won't need to miss more time than expected right now.

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