The Buffalo Bills' season took a major turn for the worse today with the news that star running back Fred Jackson is out for the year with a fracture to his fibula bone in his lower right leg.
Jackson was placed on the injured-reserve list by the Bills today. The injury is the latest blow to a Bills team (5-5) that has lost three straight games. The Bills also have lost starters Eric Wood, Donald Jones and Terrence McGee to injury the past two weeks.
Jackson's injury came late in the third quarter in Miami Sunday when the running back was hit hard from behind on his calf.
Jackson is second in the NFL in yards from scrimmage through 10 games. He has 934 yards rushing and 442 yards receiving for a combined total of 1,376 yards. Chicago's Matt Forte leads the league with 1,391 scrimmage yards.
Jackson has accounted for 40 percent of the Bills' offense this season. The Jets' defense ranks seventh in the NFL in yards allowed and shut down the Bills' attack three weeks ago in a 27-11 New York victory.
The injury puts second-year man C.J. Spiller into the spotlight. He must step into Jackson's big shoes.
“It’s a huge blow for us," said Bills guard Andy Levitre. “Fred’s a great player. He was all-purpose for us. We could use him doing anything with our offense. We’re definitely gong to take a blow with that. We have some good guys behind him. C.J.’s ready to step up."