Fred Jackson plays through broken ribs for first 100-yard game of season
updated 5:20 PM , December 22, 2013
Fred Jackson admitted to being a "little sore" following today's 19-0 victory against the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
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."