ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -Veteran reserve Anthony Thomas is out indefinitely with a torn calf muscle, likely leaving the Bills with two inexperienced running backs for their game at Washington on Sunday.
Coach Dick Jauron revealed the severity of Thomas' injury for the first time Thursday, but declined to rule out the player for the rest of the season. Jauron added Thomas is not expected to require surgery. He was hurt in a 36-14 loss at Jacksonville last weekend.
Thomas was briefly spotted after practice in the trainer's room walking on crutches and favoring his right leg. The seven-year veteran has 89 yards rushing this season and has been predominantly used in third-down situations and as a backup to rookie starter Marshawn Lynch.
Lynch is still recovering from a sprained left ankle and expected to miss his third straight game this weekend. That leaves Buffalo (5-6) with two unproven running backs: Fred Jackson, who is likely to start, and rookie fourth-round draft pick Dwayne Wright.
Jackson, an undrafted free agent who spent his rookie season on the Bills' practice squad last year, has nine carries for 34 yards and eight catches for 55 yards in three games this season. Wright has 26 carries for 77 yards and three catches for 17 yards, while being active in all 11 games this year.
``It's a great opportunity for me,'' said Jackson, who had 18 yards rushing and added five catches for 47 yards against the Jaguars. ``To go out and play against a team like Jacksonville and go out and do some of the things I was able to do ... it was a great building block for me, so I'm looking forward. This is the next step.''
Jackson had spent the past few years playing in NFL Europa and the United Indoor Football League since completing his college career at Division III Coe College in 2002.
Starting defensive end Chris Kelsay (sprained left ankle) is also expected to miss Sunday's game. Kelsay, who was hurt against the Jaguars, still wore a protective boot as he watched practice from the sideline.
Lynch, reserve linebacker Coy Wire (neck) and reserve cornerback Jerametrius Butler (calf) also did not practice.

Recent NFL Discussions

2017 Heisman Odds on Wed, Mar 2017 by Blade
College / NBA today on Sun, Mar 2017 by TtomBoBadly
SNOW on Tue, Mar 2017 by Michael Cash
EARLY COLL PLAYS FOR WED. on Wed, Mar 2017 by Timmy1961

Top NFL Public Bets

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Alabama NFL Draft Odds The Alabama Crimson Tide could have a lot of players taken in the first round of the NFL Draft next week. How many...
Thumbnail Odds Theory & Fantasy: Perfect Combo In America alone over 110 million people settled down to watch February’s Super Bowl and were rewarded by a game which saw many twists and turns along the way. Of...
Thumbnail Romo moving to CBS After a lot of discussion about where Tony Romo will be next season, it appears that he will be behind a broadcast booth.
Thumbnail Patriots remain SB52 Favorites With NFL free agency slowing down dramatically over the past week, here's a look at the most recent Super Bowl 52 odds to win.
Thumbnail The Next Atlanta Falcons Despite suffering one of the greatest collapses in sports history at Super Bowl LI, the Atlanta Falcons still managed to overcome significant odds to reach the NFL’s...

NFL Team Pages