Confirming an Internet rumor Patriots Insider was tracking in the Insider's Lounge RUMOR MILL, New England wide receiver Chad Jackson did indeed injure his leg in the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. The early word was that Jackson had a torn Achilles injury that would keep him out for the 2007 season. Reports now indicate that Jackson's injury is a torn ACL.
There is no official word on the Jackson injury, and the timetable for his return is uncertain.
It's more bad luck for the 6-foot-1, 215-pound speedster from Florida who fought off nagging injuries his rookie season to try to work his way into the depleted wide receiver rotation. Touted as a potential top target for Tom Brady in 2006, Jackson rarely saw the field. Hampered by a sore hamstring, most of his contributions came on special teams.
Jackson managed 13 receptions for 152 yards and three touchdowns during the season. He also ran the ball 4 times for 22 yards. His contributions on the kick return unit looked to be where he could be the most valuable. He returned 3 punts 76 yards (25.3 avg.) and one kickoff return for 21 yards. With his breakaway speed, Jackson was a threat to take it the distance every time he touched the ball.
All of Jackson's potential playmaking ability is shelved with the injury. He will have to go through months of rehab. Injuries of this sort can take from 6 to 12 months to heal. It's possible that it may never heal completely. At best, the second year pro will miss most, if not the entire off-season program. When he returns, he'll have to start all over building chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady. In the meantime, New England will have to consider other options as the free agency and the 2007 NFL Draft approach.
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