Bills Lose Both RBs Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller to Injuries


The Buffalo Bills lost running backs Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller during Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Both ball carriers were carted off in the first half of the Bills’ 17-16 win and didn’t return. Marc Sessler of has confirmed the Buffalo Bills’ Thunder and Lighting backfield will miss a significant amount of time. Fred Jackson injured his groin after a third-and-1 run where he was stopped short of a first down. Jackson was eventually helped to his feet and walked to the sideline, but could be seen grimacing in pain on the field. The early word from the Bills organization is that Jackson may not require surgery and could miss 1-2 weeks. He could return from injury as early as Week 9 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Jackson had nearly 300 yards rushing and a touchdown through the first six games of this season.


Bad News for CJ Spiller

Fred Jackson was a bad loss, but the injury news for CJ Spiller is much worse. Spiller broke his collarbone during a 52-yard run in the first half. Spiller took his first carry of the game 53 yards to the Vikings’ 15-yard line but came down hard on his shoulder. He remained on the ground for several minutes before being carted off, covering his face.

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After losing their starting backfield, the Bills were down to one healthy running back for the second half of the game. Anthony Dixon will become the primary running back, while Jackson recovers. Bryce Brown, acquired this offseason, was inactive. Fifth-year RB Anthony Dixon is the Bills’ primary ball carrier now.

NFL Fantasy Football players are encouraged to adjust the rosters accordingly. CJ Spiller was a sleeper pick in standard-scoring leagues, while Jackson was a stronger play in PPR leagues.