Head coach Dick Jauron hasn’t officially ruled Fred Jackson out of Saturday’s game yet because he may practice on Friday, but at best he’s doubtful and I have to say I’d rest a lot easier concerning the fortunes of the Bills in the regular season if I knew for sure that Jackson will be a spectator this weekend.
Pittsburgh is one of the most physical defenses in the NFL and you don’t need to put Jackson’s wrist and thumb in harm’s way. Jackson does not have to prove his toughness to his teammates or Bills fans, he’s done that already. Talking to Jackson on Wednesday it’s clear he wants to be out there with the first team offense knowing they’ll be getting their most extensive playing time on Saturday. It’s really the final live prep he’ll see before New England.
There’s no question it’s a tough call.
But with Jackson’s elevated status as the team’s number one running back for the first three weeks of the regular season I’d prefer to have him not worrying about his thumb or wrist at all come opening night in New England.
Dick Jauron usually errs on the side of caution with his players, so it’s probably easy to figure which way Buffalo’s head coach is leaning, but he also respects a player’s desire to suit up. I just see Jackson’s value to this team as something far greater from Sept 14 through Sept. 27th than on Aug. 29th.
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