Steven Jackson Injury: Updates on Rams Star's Week 3 Status and Fantasy Value

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor ISeptember 16, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 16: Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams rushes against the Washington Redskins t the Edward Jones Dome on September 16, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson's Week 3 status is in question, and no, it's not because he earned himself an unsportsmanlike penalty against the Washington Redskins.

The 29-year-old back was benched in the second quarter shortly after his spiking tirade, and that caused just about everyone in fantasy land to jump to some steep conclusions. 

Not so fast.

The news of the true reason behind Jackson's benching comes from NFL insider Jason La Canfora and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas:

Steven Jackson had a hamstring issue, I'm told, which played a role in him sitting out much of the game. Wasnt just a benching

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 16, 2012

RB Steven Jackson was not benched in second quarter. He left the game with a groin injury according to coach Jeff Fisher.

— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) September 17, 2012


UPDATE: Sunday, September 23, 11:30 a.m. ET by Donald Wood

While the initial reports have Steven Jackson likely sitting out this week’s game, the latest news from St. Louis says the veteran tested the groin this morning and will attempt to play.

NFL Network reporter Stacey Dales is reporting on Twitter about the pre-game test and how the plans have changed:

Just confirmed - Steven Jackson WILL play - after testing out groin on field - true gametime decision!

— StaceyDales (@StaceyDales) September 23, 2012

This is good news for Jackson’s health, but this is a risk not worth taking for fantasy owners. Sit Jackson this week against a tough Bears defense in case that groin injury restricts the star running back’s numbers.

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UPDATE: Sunday, September 23, 10:49 a.m. ET by Donald Wood

The St. Louis Rams have considered Steven Jackson questionable all week with a lingering groin injury, but the latest report has the team leaning towards sitting the veteran against the Chicago Bears.

NFL Network reporter Stacey Dales is reporting on Twitter about the latest chatter she’s hearing concerning Jackson’s Week 3 status:

#Rams Steven Jackson is a gametime decision, but close team source says "you can speculate" he won't go. 2 games in 11 days, aftr today

— StaceyDales (@StaceyDales) September 23, 2012

The schedule over the next three weeks is very tough for the St. Louis Rams (at Bears Week 3, vs. Seattle Week 4 and vs. Arizona Week 5), so sitting the veteran back so he is healthy for the tougher games coming up is the smartest plan of action.

For fantasy owners, get Jackson out of your lineup and start Daryl Richardson.

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UPDATE: Friday, September 21 at 2:36 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Dispatch, Steven Jackson did not participate in Friday's practice due to an injured groin. He tweeted:

Rams RB Steven Jackson doesn't practice Friday, coach Jeff Fisher says he will be listed as questionable.

— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) September 21, 2012

This is bad news for fans of the St. Louis Rams as well as fantasy owners. The star running back will likely be a game-time decision, but players who miss practice on Friday are often listed as inactive on Sunday.

Fantasy owners should attempt to pick up Daryl Richardson if he is available. The seventh-round draft pick has earned the No. 2 spot on the depth chart and he proved is can handle full-time duty with an impressive game last week. Against the Washington Redskins, Richardson rushed for 83 yards on 15 carries and added another 19 yards receiving.

Even if Jackson does play on Sunday, he will likely be less than 100 percent as he goes against one of the better defenses against the run in the NFL. He should not be started in fantasy.

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Update: Thursday, Sept. 20 at 4:28 p.m. ET

According to Jim Thomas of the St Louis Post-Dispatch, Jackson was once again absent from Rams practice on Thursday. Though he was initially expected to play this week, it's looking more and more like a game-time decision.

RB Steven Jackson (groin) doesn't practice again on Thursday. Indicates this might come down to game-day decision.

— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) September 20, 2012

If Jackson is unable to go Sunday against the Chicago Bears, rookie Daryl Richardson seemed to establish himself as the full-time backup last week. 

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Update: Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 4:06 p.m. ET

Steven Jackson did not practice on Wednesday, but Anthony Stalter of noted he will likely play on Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

Stalter tweeted:

Steven Jackson did not practice today for the #Rams. My guess is he'll be listed as questionable but will play on Sunday vs. #Bears.

— Anthony Stalter (@AnthonyStalter) September 19, 2012

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UPDATE: Wednesday, September 19 at 10:34 a.m. ET

Steven Jackson revealed that there is no structural damage to his groin, which means he should be fine, according to ESPN's Anthony Stalter

Steven Jackson telling @101espn that he had an MRI on his groin and everything turned out "positive" (i.e. he's fine right now). #Rams

— Anthony Stalter (@AnthonyStalter) September 17, 2012


UPDATE: Wednesday, September 19 at 7:07 a.m. ET

Rams head coach has yet to rule out Steven Jackson (groin) for Sunday, according to beat writer Howard Balzer.

His groin was tight, we didn’t want to risk further injury. He could have come back in the game. And he was OK with it. He understands. This is a long season. He is an experienced back, he knows his body. He’s not going to be 100 percent in this ball game, but could have come back and when you’re competing in a ball game like that, you just don’t want to set yourself back. He’s clearly not ruled out for this game. He goes back in that game at some point, he may have an issue.


UPDATE: Monday, September 17, 10:10 a.m. ET by Donald Wood 

After receiving a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, St. Louis Rams starting running back Steven Jackson left the game against the Washington Redskins.

While no injury was reported at the time, head coach Jeff Fisher told that it was a groin injury that limited Jackson’s actions; not a benching from the team.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting about Jackson’s status for the team’s Week 3 meeting with the Bears:

As for Jackson, who suffered a groin injury in the second quarter, he said he’ll try to return for next week’s game in Chicago.

Whatever the reason for the benching was, the hope now is that Jackson is ready for Week 3 and moving forward because the Rams are darn good. With Sam Bradford coming into his own, St. Louis needs their powerful running back to blast through the holes and keep defenses honest.

---End of Update---


And the truth will set you free.

Nonetheless, while it might be a little less frustrating for fantasy owners to know their early-round pick wasn't benched for such silliness (which, of course, stemmed from the equally silliness of the replacement refs), it makes things much tougher going forward.


Fantasy Value

First of all, backup Daryl Richardson deserves some serious looking at in all leagues.

The rookie coughed up a late and costly fumble versus Washington, but other than that, the pride of Abilene Christian looked like the real deal, racking up 83 yards on 15 carries and 19 more yards on two catches.

If Jackson misses any time, Richardson is suddenly a must-start. 

Of course, that's a big "if." 

Groin injuries can be tricky, but Jackson is what you would call a tough player. If there's any chance of him seeing the playing field in Week 3 versus Chicago, he'll be there.

When it comes down to it, though, there just isn't quite enough information currently known, so this is simply going to be one of the top stories to pay attention to as practice results unfold throughout the next week.

Make sure to keep it here, as we'll provide you with everything you need to know about St. Louis' backfield situation.



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