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Fred Jackson enduring long action gestation

By Tim Graham

JacksonMugPITTSFORD -- Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson played about eight snaps in Thursday night's preseason opener. He didn't get to carry the ball. One throw went his direction, but it fell incomplete.

So it was just a preseason game. No big whoop, right?

Jackson has mixed feelings. He's antsy to carry the ball, take a hit, give a hit.

He hasn't done any of that since Nov. 20. If we were talking about a pregnancy, there'd be a delivery about now.

"I was out for the last part of the season, so I wanted to get back into some live action and just get a feel for the game again," Jackson said Sunday afternoon at St. John Fisher College. "But at the same time it's a blessing in disguise. That's one opportunity not to get hurt.

"When you're out there you want to touch the ball. I would have liked to touch the ball, but am I upset about it? No."

He'll have another chance Friday night against the Minnesota Vikings in the Metrodome.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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