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November 13, 2012

Fred Jackson ruled out


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Fitzpatrick took issue with Spikes following the game.

“I think he’s a punk at times,” Fitzpatrick had said. “He’s not high on my list.”

Spikes was not available because Patriots players have two days off.

Updating the status of other injured players, Gailey said defensive end Chris Kelsay has a 50-50 shot of playing Thursday after a neck injury forced him to miss the game against New England. Gailey added, defensive end Mark Anderson had surgery last week to repair a left knee injury, and will miss at least two more weeks.

Jackson’s injury means the Bills will be without half of their formidable one-two punch of a running attack that includes co-starter C.J. Spiller.

The two have combined for 1,410 yards from scrimmage — nearly half of Buffalo’s 3,228 yards offense — and accounted for nine of 24 touchdowns scored on offense. Buffalo ranks sixth in the NFL in yards rushing and second in averaging 5.3 yards per carry.

Jackson has already missed two games after spraining his right knee in a season-opening 48-28 loss to the New York Jets. Spiller also capably filled in last year in a full-time role after Jackson missed the final six games with a broken bone in his right leg.

“As an offense, we’re definitely going to miss him because he brings so much to our team,” said Spiller, who leads NFL running backs in average 7.3 yards a carry. “But this is familiar territory for me.”

The Bills have been careful to limit Spiller’s carries even when Jackson’s been out. His career high came last year, when he had 19 carries in a 28-24 loss to the New York Jets.

“I’m not worried about how many times I touch it. I’m just pretty much, from here on out, just worried about wins,” Spiller said. “I’m just trying to help my team win so we can experience what it feels like to play in the playoffs.”

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