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Fred Jackson says injury last year was overblown

Nine games in to the 2011 NFL season, there's little doubt that running back Fred Jackson was the most valuable player for the Buffalo Bills.

Heading in to the tenth game of the year, Jackson had 917 rushing yards, six touchdowns and more importantly was the go-to player throughout that stretch of the season. Then in that fateful contest in Miami, Jackson took a helmet to the leg and fans didn't see him take another snap that year.

The Bills' top rusher was placed on injured reserve which some called a 'fractured leg,' but was actually a fractured bone in his leg. The difference between the two is rather large. On Wednesday, Jackson said himself that it really wasn't as big of a deal as some were making it out to be, and that he's fully healthy now.

"I don't really consider my injury last year as serious as a lot of people say. It was just a dumb bone that I fractured. I was walking around on it two weeks later without a problem. It's a non-big weight-bearing bone, so I'm fine. One-hundred percent ready to go. I'm excited to be back out here. Yeah, it took me off the field last year, but it's not a catastrophic injury that I suffered last year."

Jackson, 31, was signed to a contract extension this off-season.

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