Bills Cornerback Returns to Practice Following Frightening Neck Injury

Following a tough 21-19 loss to the Miami Dolphins, the Buffalo Bills received some tremendous news Wednesday afternoon. Cornerback Dane Jackson returned to practice despite being only nine days removed from a neck injury that initially appeared career-threatening.
Jackson went down following an awkward collision in the first half of the Bills' 41-7 Monday Night Football win over the Tennessee Titans. A disquieting scene ensued as Jackson was delicately placed into an ambulance and promptly rushed to a local hospital. Early reports were optimistic about Jackson's long-term prospects, but a return to practice this soon never seemed remotely possible to anyone who witnessed the initial injury and its handling.

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Jackson joined the Bills as their 239th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He fought his way to significant snaps in the 2021 season, notching six starts in his 17 appearances and totalling 41 tackles. He opened the 2022 season as an unquestioned starter and was off to a fantastic start before the injury, allowing an incredible 25.5 passer rating on passes thrown his way. His miraculous return should provide an enormous boost to the Bills on the field and in the locker room.

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