Bills place RB Jackson on I.R.; claim RB Choice

Posted Nov. 23, 2011 @ 6:01 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated 5:53 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 23

Bills RB Fred Jackson was placed on injured reserve with a fracture to the fibula bone in his lower right leg, the team announced Wednesday afternoon.

Jackson suffered the injury in the third quarter of the team's Week 11 loss to the Dolphins.

"Fred's not good. I know he'll miss this one, and then we'll have to decide what happens from there," head coach Chan Gailey said earlier Wednesday. Second-year RB C.J. Spiller will start for Jackson.

"(Jackson) was having a great year. The process for Fred to return to the field would most likely take him through the end of the season," Gailey said. "This creats an opportunity for C.J."

Jackson leads the Bills with 934 rushing yards. He also has 39 catches for 442 yards.

The Bills claimed former Redskins and Cowboys RB Tashard Choice off waivers, it was announced Wednesday. Choice, a 5-10, 212-pounder, has 82 rushing yards this season. He was released by the Redskins on Tuesday after three weeks with the team. He started the 2011 season with the Cowboys, where he produced 75 yards on 28 carries in the first six games of the season. He was released by Dallas on Oct. 28 and signed with Washington on Oct. 31.

The way we see it

This deals the Bills yet another blow. Buffalo is without its top defensive player, DT Kyle Williams, and its top O-lineman, C Eric Wood, for the season. WR Stevie Johnson has been banged up and the offense has been completely out of sorts since a 5-2 start. Spiller had been moved to wide receiver and hasn't seen much time as a running back. This gives him an opportunity to prove he is not a bust. Rookie RB Johnny White and Choice also will get some opportunities.