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Jets catch a break: Jackson's out

Fred Jackson of the Buffalo Bills runs against

Fred Jackson of the Buffalo Bills runs against Jim Leonhard of the New York Jets. (Nov. 6, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

C.J. Spiller hasn't been on the field a whole lot this season, but that's about to change on Sunday.

Fred Jackson, the focal point of the Bills' offense, has been ruled out for Sunday's AFC East matchup at MetLife Stadium. Jackson suffered an injury to his lower leg injury in the third quarter of Buffalo's loss in Miami on Sunday, and there's talk the running back could be lost for the rest of the season.

"Fred's not good, and I know he'll miss this one," Bills coach Chan Gailey told reporters in Buffalo today. "Then we'll have to decide what happens from there."

So that means Spiller slides into a larger role this week.

“It will be his opportunity," Gailey said. "They’ve had a lot of guys who have taken opportunities and done well with them and I full expect that from him.”
Buffalo, which has dropped three straight, already lost wide receiver Donald Jones and cornerback Terrence McGee for the season earlier this week.

Jackson has accounted for nearly 40 percent of Buffalo's 3,464 offensive yards, rushing for 934 yards and six touchdowns, and grabbing 39 passes for 442 yards. But with him out, the Bills may have to switch a few things up.

"It will change a little bit, but you have 10 other guys who have been doing things," Gailey said, "and you can’t change everything they’re doing and you don’t want to. You want C.J. to go in there and do what he does best, and give him and opportunity to make plays. He gets his chance now. He’s probably looking forward to it and so are we.”

Spiller, who's run for 115 yards and a TD on 21 attempts and managed just 82 receiving yards, brings a different dimension than Jackson.

"He's an explosive runner," Gailey said. "He’s a good cutback runner. He gets from one side to the other pretty quickly, so you try to find different ways to use him … A lot of people think, 'Well, you’re going to go run outside the whole day’ because he's a fast guy, and you try to get him on the edge.

"But that’s not necessarily the case. He can run up inside, too. We won't change a lot.”

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