Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 11/23/11

Shortly after losing their most versatile player — and a major component of their offense — the Bills quickly scoured the scrap heap to secure the best possible roster replacement.

On Wednesday, the Bills placed running back Fred Jackson on injured reserve with a fractured right fibula.

It was a strange turn of events for Jackson, who was ruled out for Sunday’s matchup against the Jets earlier in the day. He was originally though to have a minor calf bruise, but the writing was on the wall after coach Chan Gailey didn’t know whether or not he’d play again this season, admitting, “Fred’s not good.”

It’s a tough break — literally — for F-Jax, the league’s third-leading rusher who was enjoying a breakout season with 1,376 yards from scrimmage and six rushing touchdowns. He was hoping to receive a new contract, feeling he outplayed his current deal, but that’s not going to happen now. He’ll first have to prove he’s healthy and can return to form before Buffalo breaks the bank.

C.J. Spiller, the team’s former first-round pick, will step into the starting lineup and will get his chance at justifying his draft status. Though not as good as Jackson as a receiving threat, Spiller offers more lateral quickness and straight-line speed.

In case Spiller doesn’t pan out as the featured back, the Bills were awarded Tashard Choice off waivers.

Choice, who’s quickly becoming a journeyman, was waived by the Redskins on Tuesday, less than a month after the Cowboys dumped him. He’s somewhat of a veteran insurance policy, though he can’t be counted on to positively produce on a weekly basis.

The revamped Bills backfield will get their first test against the Jets and their stout run defense. It’s not a good situation for the Bills, who appear on the verge of a major collapse after a scorching hot start.

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