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October 21, 2013

Broken leg in 2011 motivated Fred Jackson in big win over Miami

ORCHARD PARK — Running back Fred Jackson immediately waved off the Buffalo Bills training staff once the cart pulled up along the sideline.

"Yeah, I knew it was out there," Jackson recalled Monday. "And I knew I didn't need it."

Sore as his sprained left knee felt a day earlier, Jackson had no intention of being carted off during a game at Miami for the second time in two years.

Rather than climb aboard, Jackson grabbed his helmet and headed back on the field, where he proceeded to play a key role in a 23-21 win over the Dolphins.

"Oh yeah, I was motivated," said Jackson, still stung by the memory of breaking his right leg at Miami in November 2011.

"That was something that ran through my mind yesterday. And I wanted to be out there."

Wearing a brace he's had on since first hurting his knee three weeks ago, Jackson persevered in producing a gutty performance that continued to solidify his position as the Bills' vocal and inspirational leader.

He scored on a 3-yard run in the first quarter after aggravating the injury a series earlier, when teammate Scott Chandler rolled into the side of Jackson's knee on the sideline. And he was still at it in the final minutes.

Jackson gained 16 yards on three consecutive carries — including a 10-yard run to convert a third-and-4 at the Dolphins 28 — to set up Dan Carpenter's game-winning 31-yard field goal with 33 seconds left.

He finished with 36 yards rushing and 49 yards receiving in helping the Bills (3-4) snap a two-game skid and win a road game for the first time since Oct. 14, 2012, at Arizona.

And don't be surprised to see Jackson playing this Sunday at New Orleans (5-1).

"It's definitely sore today," Jackson said. "But I expect to be out there. I'll do everything I can."

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