Jackson "Disappointed" About Broken Bone in Left Hand

August 16, 2010 Updated Aug 16, 2010 at 1:08 PM EDT

By Jeff Russo


Jackson "Disappointed" About Broken Bone in Left Hand

August 16, 2010 Updated Aug 16, 2010 at 1:08 PM EDT

PITTSFORD, NY (WKBW) - Bills running back Fred Jackson says he's disappointed about the broken bone in his left hand that's expected to keep him out 4-6 weeks. Jackson confirmed on Monday morning that he broke the 4th metacarpal bone in his left hand in the first quarter of Friday's preseason loss to the Washington Redskins.

"It’s a huge disappointment. I want to be out here.", said Jackson Monday morning. "It is training camp, but I want to be here doing whatever I can to help the team. Unfortunately, I’m sidelined for a little while, and you can’t do much standing on the sidelines.
All [the doctor’s] are saying is four to six weeks. Hopefully, it won’t be that long. I want to get back as soon as I can. My thoughts, is that I definitely want to be back by the opener, so that’s what I’m shooting for anyway."

Jackson watched the Bills morning practice in Pittsford with a big cast on his left hand, and was joined by RB Marshawn Lynch who suffered an ankle injury against the Redskins. Lynch is also expected to miss some time. Head Coach Chan Gailey will formally update both injuries following the night session.

The injuries to Jackson and Lynch now put rookie C.J. Spiller at the top of the depth chart for the Bills at running back.

"You never want to see two great guys go down like that.", said Spiller Monday morning. "But you always have to be prepared and I’ve been preparing myself well-enough by studying my playbook, just going and getting the reps and then meeting with some guys, listening to them on how to do things. I feel a whole lot more comfortable going into this game than I did last week because it was my first game. I just have to step up."

The injuries also open the door for backup RBs Chad Simpson and Joique Bell to see increased work this preseason. Simpson rushed for a game high 67 yards against the Redskins on Friday. Bell finished with 52 yards on 5 carries against Washington. He also had a 28-yard touchdown.

The Bills added a running back on Monday. Signing undrafted free agent rookie Andre Anderson. Anderson practiced with the Bills on Monday morning. he rushed for 2,009 yards and had 17 touchdowns at Tulane.

The Bills also signed rookie WR Aaron Rhea. Rhea had 142 catches for 1,811 yards and 19 touchdowns at Stephen F. Austin.

On the injury front for the Bills WR Marcus Easley was not at practice on Monday morning. Alex Carrington, and Marcus Stroud were among those who watched from the sideline.

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