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Fred Jackson plays through broken ribs for first 100-yard game of season

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Fred Jackson admitted to being a "little sore" following today's 19-0 victory against the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

That's understandable.

Jackson confirmed to The Buffalo News after the game that he played through broken ribs -- making his 111-yard, one-touchdown performance all the more impressive.

"You want to be a leader on this team? One of the best ways to show that you're with this team is to play hurt. And that's what I wanted to do -- let those guys know that I would be with them," Jackson said. "I had the opportunity to come out here and do so and I played pretty well today. I've got to give those guys credit. The offensive line did a tremendous job. They protected me knowing what I was going through, and we were able to get a win today."

Jackson scored the game's only touchdown on a 9-yard run in the second quarter. He ran for more than 100 yards in a game for the first time this season, and in the process became just the third running back in franchise history to rush for 5,000 yards in his career, joining Thurman Thomas and O.J. Simpson.

"A little sore, but that was expected. It was worth it, though, to come out here and play," he said. "We're all going to be banged up this time of year. I'm no different than anybody else. Just have to go out there and play with them."

  • Hal Jam

    Jeez Jackson! Take it easy man -- you got to live after football too! Go BILLS!

  • Philip Barie

    One badass MF...go Bills!

  • Observer_70

    The Bills have tried very hard to give the RB job away to somebody, anybody besides the undrafted, unheralded guy from Coe College, but he JUST WON'T GO! And now he proves his worth by joining some pretty illustrious company. Way to go Fred!

  • Prusak359

    TEAM MVP. Thanks for everything Fred!

  • Miketheref

    THAT is the definition of a leader!!!!

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining NFL.com as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

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.

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida.