Bills running back Fred Jackson is known as a quick healer. He's also been known to have a high tolerance for pain. Now more than two weeks removed from suffering a groin injury, Jackson was working with athletic trainers and strength coaches on the side during the team's Monday practice. He's hoping to be cleared for practice on Wednesday.
"We'll see what the doctors say," Jackson said following his Monday workout. "I'll meet with them (Tuesday). They wanted to see how things went. Things went well today. I was able to move around on it a little bit. So I'll meet with them again in the morning and I think we'll decide then."
Jackson's groin injury could keep him out until the Week 12 game against the Jets, but the veteran back is optimistic he'll be back on the field before then. With a key AFC conference game against Kansas City, a team that is also 5-3, and a division game just four days later in Miami, Jackson is anxious to get back and contribute.
"It's very competitive. I want to be out there and do everything I can to help my team compete. It's definitely motivating," he said. "We've got to take care of our business and that's the number one thing I'm trying to do. I'm trying to help my teammates win games that we're playing in. They're doing a tremendous job though and there's something I want to be a part of."
The key to getting clearance to practice lies in how Jackson's body feels Tuesday morning following the work he put it through on the practice field Monday.
"I think that's going to be the best thing that determines what happens," said Jackson. "Like I said (the athletic training and medical staff) is doing a great job. I'll continue to listen to what they tell me and if they give me the green light I'll definitely try to hit the ground running."
The Bills schedule could play a factor too. With their next two games separated by just four days, it's possible the team holds him out of Sunday's game against the Chiefs so he's rested and ready for the division game at Miami.
"There's always a chance that I don't play this week and then play next week," he said. "It's going to come down to what the doctors decide or what they feel like after they evaluate me. They might say, 'We don't think you're ready this week, but you can play next week.' Or they might say, 'You can't play in either game.' Hopefully it's not the latter, but I'll do whatever I can to get back as soon as I can."
From Division III to the NFL, Fred Jackson has seen it all in his football career. Congrats on a remarkable career.