Steven Jackson Reportedly Will Play for Rams vs. Bears Despite Groin Injury

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2012

ST LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 16:  Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams enters the field during player introductions prior to the game against the Washington Redskins at Edward Jones Dome on September 16, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The St. Louis Rams just received some great news mere hours before their 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff against the Chicago Bears.

According to the staff, running back Steven Jackson will suit up and play after testing his injured groin on the field Sunday morning.

Stacey Dales of NFL Network confirmed the news.

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

— StaceyDales (@StaceyDales) September 23, 2012

Jackson, who hasn’t practiced all week, was listed as questionable up until this announcement after suffering the groin injury in a Week 2 contest against the Washington Redskins.

Many speculated that the star RB was sidelined for his personal foul stemming from spiking the ball near the goal line, but head coach Jeff Fisher denied that was the case.

Jackson’s injury was apparently bothering him more than he let on, and backups Daryl Richardson and rookie Isaiah Pead shouldered the rushing load for the remainder of the contest.

It’s currently unknown how much work Fisher plans to give the 29-year-old back, but his presence alone should boost the Rams offense.

The team is currently riding the high of a close victory against the ‘Skins and it has a tough matchup against the Bears at Soldier Field this Sunday afternoon.

Jackson, who has rushed 30 times for 111 yards but no touchdowns this season, can reasonably be expected to start and get at least 15-to-20 touches total between carries and receptions.

He’s a major part of the St. Louis offense and will be expected to contribute at a high level as long as he is on the field. That will be a tough task against a strong Bears defense that hasn’t given up much on the ground to opposing RBs.

If you have S-Jax on your fantasy team, you can go ahead give him a start this week. You will have to bank on him finally finding some space to run, while simultaneously hoping he can stay healthy and avoid boneheaded personal fouls.

It’s a lot of risk, but starting Jackson could pay major dividends in Week 3.