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Bills RB Jackson sparks win over Dolphins by overcoming sprained left knee

  • Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson (22) celebrates a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson (22) celebrates a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson (22) stretches for a touchdown as Miami Dolphins strong safety Chris Clemons (30) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson (22) stretches for a touchdown as Miami Dolphins strong safety Chris Clemons (30) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)  (The Associated Press)

Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson refuses to be slowed by a sprained left knee.

Rather than allow himself to be carted off after aggravating the injury against Miami on Sunday, Jackson waved off the trainers and proceeded to return to the field to play a key role in a 23-21 victory.

Jackson scored a touchdown and then helped secure the win in the final minutes. He gained 16 yards on three consecutive carries to set up Dan Carpenter's 31-yard field goal with 33 seconds left.

It was a resilient performance by a seventh-year player who continued solidifying his role as the Bills' inspirational leader.

Sore as his knee felt Monday, don't be surprised to see Jackson playing this weekend when the Bills (3-4) travel to play New Orleans (5-1).

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