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The Buffalo Bills will be without Fred Jackson for their Week 11 divisional tilt against the Miami Dolphins after the running back suffered a concussion Sunday.

On the season, Jackson has rushed for 298 yards on 75 carries with three touchdowns.

After only receiving 12.7 touches per game, C.J. Spiller will assume the role of starter and instantly becomes a top five fantasy RB, even against a Dolphins defense that allows only 94.2 yards per game. Before the Titans’ Chris Johnson ran for 126 yards Sunday, the Dolphins defense hadn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in 22 straight games.

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UPDATE: Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller will play today against the Patriots.

The Buffalo Bills will have running back Fred Jackson back on the field today against the New England Patriots. Jackson, who suffered a sprained knee in Week 1 against the New York Jets, is not only expected to play, but he will likely be getting most of the work in Buffalo’s backfield.

Jackson seems to fired up this morning about making his return against a Patriots team he holds good overall numbers against. In his eight career games against New England, Jackson has rushed for 465 yards (his most against any team) on 93 carries with one touchdown. His 233 receiving yards are also his most against any team

C.J. Spiller, who ranks fourth in the league in rushing with 308 yards and second in yards from scrimmage with 422, is still a game-day decision, but teammates expect him to play.

Officially, Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller have been listed as questionable, even though Bills head coach Chan Gailey said that both of his top running backs have a “legitimate chance” to play Sunday against New England after being limited participants in today’s practice.

But that questionable tag feels like it only applies to Jackson in the Belichickian sense of the word, while Spiller is a little further back. We’re basing that on 1.) the pretense of medical expertise that’s a total lie and 2.) the fact that Spiller only took a handful of snaps in yesterday’s practice, meaning he epitomized another very vague tag (limited). Although he’s healing fast, it may not quite be fast enough for Sunday. There’s also the little detail of Spiller being only five days removed from his injury, while Jackson has had two weeks to heal.

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Matt Forte was a limited participant in practice today, which means he’s about to become a full participant in your week of hurt. Deep, burning hurt.

Since at some point you were cursed by the universe and now your mere presence causes planes and ships to crash on remote islands, you’re now suffering from a far more haunting fate. The Monday night injury decision.

Forte’s bad ankle that definitely isn’t a high ankle sprain — and don’t ever say that it is or you’ll be deported — has healed much quicker than expected, so there’s now a chance he could only miss one game. He sat out Week 3, and in his absence Michael Bush was mediocre, rushing for 55 yards on 13 carries (3.1 yards per carry) and scoring a touchdown during Chicago’s easy 23-6 win over St. Louis. Forte practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day today, which is definitely encouraging, but yesterday Bears head coach Lovie Smith cautioned that he “still has a long way to go.”

Evidently he may have covered that long, winding journey in just 24 hours, because now after Forte practiced again today Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune told NFL Network that barring a setback, he’ll play Monday night against the Cowboys. That sounds both great and horrifying.

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When the Bills last played a playoff game, Fred Jackson was 19 years old.  Yeah, this dude’s old.

But his legs are actually sort of young, since at 31 years young he’s still never had a 250-carry season. Tell that to his bones and muscles, though, which continue to bend awkwardly after bad hits.

Jackson was the league’s leading rusher last year when his season ended early after a broken bone in his right leg, yet he still had 934 rushing yards over 10 games. So when he suffered a knee injury today in the second quarter of Buffalo’s game against the Jets — a game in which the Bills were trailing by three touchdowns at the time — Bills fans immediately began to do what they do best: despise their existence.

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