The Bills traded a fourth-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for Brown prior to the season. The move surprised some, given that the team had two established backs on the roster, the veteran Jackson and the dynamic C.J. Spiller.
But after unfortunate events in the team's home game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, that deal appears prescient.
In the team's 17-16 win over the Vikings, both Jackson and Spiller went down with injuries.
Jackson was carted off the field with a groin injury and will be out for several weeks. Spiller suffered a broken collarbone, which will require surgery and end his season.
Other than Brown, the only other running back on the roster is Anthony Dixon.
Jackson, in his weekly radio appearance on WGR-AM in Buffalo, reported that his injury will not require surgery and that the typical time period for recovery is four weeks. He added that he believed he could return sooner than that.
He also took the opportunity to voice his confidence in Brown, newly saddled with the lead role out of the backfield.
At 4-3, the Bills are second to the New England Patriots (5-2) in the AFC East. They play next on Oct. 26, when they travel to face the New York Jets in a divisional match-up.
The Jets, currently 1-6 after a loss at New England on Thursday, are in last place in the division.
- Jack Jorgensen