'Shooter' will be cut from 10 to eight episodes after Ryan Phillippe suffered a broken leg.

The 42-year-old actor sustained the painful injury during a ''freak accident'' on a family outing earlier this month, and Paramount TV have now announced they will shorten the second season of the drama series to allow the hunky star time to recover.

They told Deadline in a statement: ''Our priority is Ryan's recovery, and after conversations with our partners at USA and UCP we've decided that we will wrap S2 with episode 208.''

Following his accident, Ryan reassured his fans he would make a ''full recovery'' from the break.

He wrote on Twitter: ''Hey, guys. I didn't injure myself doing a stunt or anywhere near the set of Shooter.

''I was the victim of a freak accident during a family outing on Sunday. My leg is badly broken & required surgical attention, but I will make a full recovery, am in good hands.

''Thank you for all the well wishes, support, & concern. also a special thanks to the paramedics & first responders who helped me at the scene & to the medical staff caring for me now. I will keep you updated on my progress (sic)''

The actor - who has 17-year-old daughter Ava and 13-year-old son Deacon with ex-wife Reese Witherspoon, as well as six-year-old daughter Kai with ex-girlfriend Alexis Knapp - recently admitted filming the drama, in which he plays an exiled marine, is very tough and pushes him to his limits.

He said: ''It's a tough show to shoot. The last two weeks we've been in the desert, Palmdale, you know, in degrees over 110. And it's a physical show, and I do all of my own stunts.

''We kind of really push it to the limits. But I love it at the same time. It's exhausting. I've got bruises. But it's going really well, and I'm excited about people seeing this new season...When the season ends, I'm going to go on a bit of a break and heal.''