Anderson leaves playoff game with rib injury

Anderson leaves playoff game with rib injury

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Butte native Colt Anderson left the Buffalo Bills’ 10-3 Wild Card playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday with an injury.

Initial reports said he injured his shoulder. However, sources told Butte Sports that Anderson suffered two fractured ribs.

Anderson suffered the injury while playing safety for the Bills. He dove and nearly picked off a Blake Bortles pass with 9 minutes, 56 seconds left in the game.

The special teams ace for the Bills did not return.

Anderson, a former Butte High Bulldog and Montana Grizzly, registered two tackles, one solo, in his sixth playoff game of his nine-year NFL career.

Both tacklers brought down Jacksonville star rookie running back Leonard Fournette. Both tackles also came on the lone touchdown drive of the game.

E.J. Gaines and Anderson combined to stop Fournette after a 6-yard run. Two plays later, Anderson tackled Fournette on a 6-yard run to the Buffalo 5-yard line.

That run set up a first and goal for the Jaguars,

Four plays after that, on fourth and goal, Bortles hit Ben Koyack for a 1-yard touchdown.

The playoff game was the second contest for Anderson since he was activated off the injured reserve list. He missed 11 games with a broken arm.

The Bills close the season with a 9-8 record. The Jaguars head to Pittsburgh for next week’s divisional round.

Anderson, 32, spent the past two seasons, missing a total of 22 games with a broken arm. He will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Since joining the league on the Minnesota Vikings practice squad in 2009, Anderson has played for Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts and Bills.

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