Anthony Dixon, RB, Bills
|RB - #89||BUF||Active||5 years||27||6'1||233||@Boobie24Dixon|
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Updating a previous post, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Sunday night that Bills running back Fred Jackson won't play next week against the Jets because of his groin injury.
Specifically, La Canfora tweeted that Jackson will be out for "at least two weeks" and will undergo an MRI on Monday. The Bills then have a bye in Week 9, and La Canfora said it's "possible" Jackson will play in Week 10 against the Chiefs. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport added that a four-week absence for Jackson is seen as the worst-case scenario.
Jackson suffered the injury late in the first quarter of Buffalo's win over Minnesota, and he had to be carted off the field. C.J. Spiller and Anthony Dixon took over the Bills' backfield. Spiller recorded a 53-yard run on his only carry after Jackson's injury, but it ended with a broken collarbone that will reportedly doom his season.
I feel awful for Spiller. He's been a bust, sure, but he's been jerked around by Buffalo's coaches, who have no idea how to use him. Finally, he gets a chance to play following Jackson's injury, immediately rips off a big play and then ... he's done. One big break begets another.
With both of Buffalo's top two running backs out for at least one game, Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown are worthwhile pickups for those who need a back. Dixon took on 13 carries against the Vikings, but he's a standard-fare plodder. Brown, a former Eagles RB, has more upside. He's fundamentally unsound, but he's big and fast, and a comparison between him and Dixon in natural talent is not even close. Of course, the Bills made Brown a healthy scratch for each of their seven games after trading a conditional 2015 draft pick for him in May -- did I mention that their coaching staff doesn't know how to handle talented albeit flaws young running backs? Now the team has no choice but to make Brown active. He'll likely split carries with Dixon against the Jets, but he's worth adding 12-team leagues, and both players may see their value take a big jump up if Jackson's MRI reveals an injury more serious than is currently thought. The Jets' run defense has really shown some cracks in its past couple of games.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors10/20 - Report: Bills RB Fred Jackson will not play in Week 8 due to groin injury
10/19 - Bills RBs C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson injured
10/19 - UPDATE: Bills RB C.J. Spiller to undergo season-ending surgery on collarbone
10/18 - Bills OC says he wants to continue 'feeding' RB C.J. Spiller
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