Monday, October 21, 2013

Marrone: Jackson 'as strong, tough as any rookie'


Fred Jackson had his team concerned during an injury scare on the first play of the Buffalo Bills' Sunday bout with the Miami Dolphins.

Jackson collided with tight end Scott Chandler on the sideline and went down, favoring his still-recovering left knee. But after being examined by doctors, Jackson waved off the injury cart, made his way to the bench and was back on the field on the team's next possession.

“People talk about age and years with Fred, but he’s as strong and tough as any rookie we have," Bills coach Doug Marrone said after the game, via

Jackson's teammates piled onto Marrone's comments, citing the veteran tailback's leadership and no-quit attitude. Receiver Stevie Johnson called him a "legend," and fellow wideout Robert Woods referred to the eighth-year running back as "Hulk."

"That's why he has the 'C' on his shoulder," defensive back Aaron Williams said.

Jackson went on to rush for a touchdown in his team's win and hauled in four receptions to add to his 11 carries. Through seven weeks, he's amassed 380 yards on the ground and another 215 through the air.

Toughness aside, Jackson did admit Monday that the knee, which was aggravated again later in the game, is still a work in progress.

"It was getting better then to be rolled up like that yesterday it kind of set it back a little bit," he said. "The training staff will do a tremendous job to get me ready by the end of the week.”

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