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Chan Gailey on Tarvaris Jackson: 'That's not happening this year'

By Jay Skurski

Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey closed the door on any possibility of Tarvaris Jackson playing this season, barring injury.

"That's not going to happen this year. It can't happen. We just don't have enough time to get that done and enough reps to get him where he needs to be," Gailey said Monday morning on his weekly appearance on WGR 550.

Gailey, though, indicated the Bills would have an interest in bringing Jackson back. His contract expires after this season.

"We'd like to have him here if we can keep him here as long as possible. We think he's a talented player," the coach said. "If we've got an injury, then we can give him some more reps and he could get more in tune with what we're doing, but right now we just don't have enough time."

Since taking overs two games into the 2010 season, Ryan Fitzpatrick has started 38 of 39 games, missing only the season finale in that same year.

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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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