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Jackson plans on playing tonight

Posted by Chris Brown on September 3, 2009 – 6:19 pm

Head coach Dick Jauron said several starters will play sparingly, if at all, in tonight’s preseason finale against the Lions. If it’s up to Fred Jackson, however, he’s playing.

“Yeah I am,” Jackson said this week. “It’s something that I want to do so we’ll see what happens.”

Jackson clearly knows that the coaching staff will have the last say as to whether he takes the field tonight. But it’s obvious that after missing the Pittsburgh preseason game that Jackson would really like to get a feel for the speed of the game at least one more time in a live setting before the opener on Monday night.

“I still need to get out there and get my timing down like everybody else,” said Jackson. “I need to make sure I’m in the playbook and know what I’m doing so I want to get out there as much as possible.”

If Jackson does not take the field tonight it will be a little over three weeks since he last played in a game, with his preseason outing against Green Bay being his last action.

As I’ve stated before however, the healthier Fred Jackson is for the opener, the better for the Bills. Even if his timing isn’t perfect on his first series of the New England game Sept. 14 because he didn’t play tonight, I can’t see it taking him long to re-acclimate himself.

I think it’s a minor issue at best, even though I can appreciate where Fred is coming from with his increased responsibility to produce for this offense.


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