Report: Nelson tears knee ligament

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 10, 2012
Buffalo Bills receiver David Nelson is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his right knee. And the news is a little more encouraging for running back Fred Jackson after tests on his right knee came up inconclusive. Doctors will now wait between seven and 10 days to conduct further tests to determine the severity of Jackson's injury. Two people familiar with the injuries provided the updates to The Associated Press on Monday, a day after both players were hurt in a season-opening 48-28 loss at the New York Jets. Both people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team has not provided any updates. Nelson was hurt early into the fourth quarter when he went down away from the play. After being helped off the field, he was spotted walking on the injured leg along the sideline. The third year player had become a favorite target of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick last season, when he finished second on the team with 61 catches for 658 yards and five touchdowns. Jackson was hurt early in the second quarter when he was cutting across to this right and Jets safety LaRon Landry hit Jackson just above the left knee. Jackson had already planted his right foot, and his right knee bent awkwardly as he was hit. Jackson was able to walk off on his own and test his leg on the sideline before heading off to the locker room with a towel draped over his head. Jackson, who signed a two-year contract extension in May, had been looking forward to open this season healthy after missing the final six games of last season with a broken bone in his left leg. The injury ended what had been a solid season by Jackson, who was regarded as the Bills midseason MVP. Despite missing six games, he still finished with a team-best 934 yards rushing and six touchdowns. Both injuries are significant blows to the Bills, who entered the season with high expectations of their chances of becoming bona fide contenders. Jackson was expected to provide Buffalo's running attack a considerable one-two punch along with C.J. Spiller. Spiller responded in Jackson's absence by finishing with a career-best 169 yards rushing, including a 56-yard touchdown. And yet, Buffalo is suddenly thin at the running back position, with Tashard Choice serving as the lone backup. The Bills do have two fullbacks in Corey McIntyre, whose mostly been used as a blocker, and Dorin Dickerson, who is expected to be used in the passing game. The depth is no better at receiver as a result of Nelson's injury. In opening the season with six receivers, including Brad Smith, who doubles as the team's wildcat quarterback, the Bills were already thin and limping at the position to begin with. Starter Stevie Johnson had four catches for 55 yards and a touchdown against the Jets despite being hampered by a groin injury that has nagged him for much of the offseason. And there are concerns that Johnson will have to continue playing through the pain for the rest of this year.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Rob Gronkowski gets new contract, chance to double salary

Padres offering $99 ticket plan for five June wins or 16 June games – whatever happens first

Former Jets WR Devin Smith found out he was cut via Twitter

Roger Goodell tweets ‘Key & Peele’ joke about relaxed celebration rules

Martavis Bryant: ‘I know this is my last chance’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Glennon: ‘This is my year and I’m not worried about the future’

Durant apologizes for response to fans complaining about blowouts

Sheldon Richardson says Jets locker room is better without Brandon Marshall

What's next for the Spurs?

Pro Football Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy dies at 48

Report: NFL modifies injured reserve rule

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Dejounte Murray gets his calls blocked twice

It's reality check time for the Texas Rangers

Box Score 5/23: Preds, Warriors move on to respective Finals

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Best of Yardbarker: Gregg Popovich doesn't mince words

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Dejounte Murray gets his calls blocked twice

It's reality check time for the Texas Rangers

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker