Bills' Jackson done for season

Buffalo Bills' Fred Jackson at the Rogers Centre in Toronto Sunday Oct, 30, 2011. (CRAIG...

Buffalo Bills' Fred Jackson at the Rogers Centre in Toronto Sunday Oct, 30, 2011. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

Mike Ganter, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:11 AM ET

As if a three-game losing streak wasn’t enough to contend with, long-suffering Buffalo Bills fans can now lament the loss of their most reliable playmaker.

Running back Fred Jackson was second in the league with 1,376 all purpose yards, was third in rushing with 934 and was the only player in the league with six 100-yard rushing games.

And now his season is over, ended by the broken leg he suffered in Buffalo’s loss to Miami on Sunday, the third in a row for the Bills who just a few weeks ago were a heady 5-1 and thinking about a trip to the playoffs.

Now, with three consecutive losses and Jackson out for the season, it’s getting tougher and tougher to make the case that the Bills will make the playoffs.

Head coach Chan Gailey knows the blow this is to his team, but he was already turning the page on Wednesday.

“That disappointing news for our team and certainly for Fred,” Gailey said in a prepared statement. “The process for Fred to return to the field would most likely take him through the end of the season, so we have made the difficult decision to play him on injured reserve. This creates an opportunity for C.J. (Spiller) and he will be our starting running back for the this week’s game against the Jets.”

Spiller was the Bills’ first-round choice a year ago (ninth overall) and has yet to live up to his high draft status.

In fairness, this will really be his first opportunity.

The Bills brought in some added depth at running back on Wednesday as well claiming Tashard Choice off waivers from Washington.

Choice began the year in Dallas so Buffalo will be his third stop this season.

Gailey is very familiar with Choice. The two were together for three years at Georgia Tech.

It’s safe to say neither Spiller nor Choice is at the point in their careers where they can hope to replace Jackson’s production although it’s also safe to say Spiller’s ceiling has yet to be met.

NEVER HAD A CHANCE

If in fact Kyle Orton orchestrated his release from the Denver Broncos with a thought of returning to Chicago, he had to be disappointed at Wednesday’s developments.

Orton was waived and in the waiver process, long before Chicago would have a legitimate shot to grab the former Bear and insert him under centre for the injured Jay Cutler, his rights were claimed by the Kansas City Chiefs.

That left Chicago, which did put in a claim for Orton, to go with the backup plan of signing Josh McCown.

McCown was with the 49ers during its training camp but was cut and had not found a job since.

Reports also suggested the Dallas Cowboys put in a failed claim on Orton. The thinking was that with Jon Kitna a little banged up, they could use some insurance. It was also suggested that Dallas might put in a bid just to keep Orton from winding up in Chicago, a team they had waiver priority over.

Kansas City, having seen more than they probably wanted of Tyler Palko, saved the Cowboys the trouble.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

Looks like the Eagles are going to have to get by at least one more week without Michael Vick. Vince Young, who helped the Eagles shock the Giants last weekend in New Jersey, is taking reps with the first team. Vick, meanwhile, did not practice. He’s still recovering from the two broken ribs he suffered in the loss to Arizona two weeks ago. Also absent from practice and unlikely to play was receiver DeSean Jackson ... Jahvid Best will miss at least one more week, his fifth in a row, following a concussion. The good news for the Lions is the return of Kevin Smith who earned NFC offensive honours for his game Sunday against Carolina ... Already ravaged by injuries, the Giants will now have to get by without their starting left tackle Will Beatty who has a detached retina and was expected to have surgery Thursday ... The Houston Texans, as expected, placed quarterback Matt Schaub on injured reserve Wednesday. Matt Leinart will take over the starting quarterback role with Kellen Clemens signed to back him up. Clemens beat out Jeff Garcia and Trent Edwards for the backup role ... Time is running out for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Head coach Leslie Frazier told reporters the only way Peterson will play on Sunday is if he can practice Thursday or Friday. As of Wednesday, Peterson was still in a walking boot. He suffered a high ankle sprain in Sunday’s loss to Oakland ... It looks like it’s back to the bench for rookie QB Jake Locker now that Matt Hasselbeck’s injured elbow has healed. Hasselbeck hurt the elbow in Sunday’s loss to Atlanta. With Hasselbeck on the sidelines, Locker almost brought the Titans all the way back. Hasselbeck though practised Wednesday and is telling anyone who will listen that he will play on Sunday.


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