Fred Jackson injured at Bills practice Friday
The return of one of the Buffalo Bills' best players to the practice field on Friday was also coupled with the injury to one of their most popular and well-respected members of the roster. Running back Fred Jackson had to leave the practice prematurely due to an injury and did not return for the rest of the evening.
The Bills were participating in team drills and Jackson received a hand-off that ran him to the right side of the line of scrimmage. He ran hard through the hole, cut up field and ran into a defender in what seemed like a mostly harmless collision. As Jackson got up from the play, he immediately started limping over to the sideline and spun the football away from him in frustration.
The team's training staff examined him for roughly 10 minutes and then eventually walked him back to the locker room. Jackson, who was walking under his own power, suffered what the team is calling a lower leg injury. There is no initial timetable for Jackson at this point in time.
In addition to Jackson, the Bills also lost two others to injury during the Friday night practice at St. John Fisher College. Tight end Tony Moeaki and safety Kenny Ladler each left the session with an injury to their hamstring and had to go to the locker room for further examination.
Cornerback Leodis McKelvin did not take any reps during 11-on-11s Friday, paving the way for free agent acquisition Corey Graham to get time with the first-team defense. McKelvin was limited, while tight end Chris Gragg (heat cramps) and linebacker Randell Johnson (lower body injury) could not participate in practice in any capacity.
The Bills will resume practice on Saturday night, their second straight day with a session under the lights of Growney Stadium. The team will take the field at 6 pm and it will be open to the public, but a ticket is required for entry.
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