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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Bills running back Fred Jackson is out with a concussion, and there’s at least one teammate who’s unhappy with how Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes celebrated after delivering the blow.
“Yeah, he’ll get his,” backup running back Tashard Choice said on Monday. “I don’t like to see nobody get hurt, and then on top of that (Spikes) making fun of him while he’s on the ground.”
“You know it’s cool to make a big hit,” Choice said. “But it’s not cool when somebody’s down like that.”
Jackson was hurt at the end of a 9-yard catch and run, when he lowered his head while being swarmed by three New England defenders. Spikes got to Jackson first, lunging into the running back with his left forearm striking Jackson directly on the helmet.
Jackson fell immediately to the ground and fumbled the ball, which was recovered by center Eric Wood.
After being treated by trainers, Jackson appeared woozy while making his way to the sideline. He did not return, though the Bills final drive ended four plays later when quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s pass intended for rookie T.J. Graham, was intercepted by safety Devin McCourty.
Spikes was not penalized on the play. He was penalized for roughing the passer earlier in the game, when he lunged headfirst into Fitzpatrick with enough force to knock off the quarterback’s helmet.
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.
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