Steven Jackson: Latest Injury News and Fantasy Outlook for Rams RB in Week 4

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistSeptember 26, 2012

ST LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 16: Running back 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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Fantasy owners around the world are wondering what to do with St. Louis Rams starting running back Steven Jackson after he played limited snaps in Week 3 and left the previous week’s game early.

UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 30 at 11:35 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

It's official—Jackson is playing. From Adam Schefter of ESPN:

Rams RB Steven Jackson is playing today.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 30, 2012

As mentioned below, it's still possible that Jackson will have a reduced role, so you might want to look elsewhere when setting your fantasy lineups. But if you are in an absolute pinch, at least you know Jackson will receive some touches on Sunday.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 30 at 10:45 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

St. Louis Rams fans and fantasy owners of Jackson, I have good news. Well, it's sort of good news.

From Jason La Confora of CBS:

One other RB update, Steven Jackson expected to play, but that groin injury is still limiting him. Could be a reduced role

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 30, 2012

I wouldn't start him this week, and if you are in a pinch but have handcuffed him with Daryl Richardson, I would start Richardson over Jackson. But with the team playing a tough Seattle Seahawks defense, I would avoid the St. Louis running backs period.

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UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 28 at 2:45 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

No great news out of St. Louis on Friday, and it certainly isn't encouraging for the Rams or for fantasy owners of Jackson.

According to St. Louis Post Dispatcher and Rams beat writer Jim Thomas, Jackson was very limited in practice, and coach Jeff Fisher is once again calling his top running back a game-time decision.

RB Steven Jackson (groin) very limited Friday. Coach Jeff Fisher says it will come down once again to how Jackson looks and feels in pregame

— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) September 28, 2012

Owners of Jackson might want to grab his backup, Daryl Richardson, or find another suitable player for their team this week. With that much uncertainty surrounding Jackson's status for Sunday, you're taking a huge risk by leaving him in your lineup, especially with the 1:00 p.m. ET start time on Sunday for the Rams.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 27 at 4:11 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

With an eerie similarity to Wednesday's update, ESPN's Tony Softli updated Jackson's status on Thursday and the prognosis still isn't great.

Rams RB Steven Jackson DNP today

— Tony Softli (@SoftliSTL) September 27, 2012

For fantasy owners, it may be time to start scouring the waiver wire in hopes of landing an adequate replacement. If Jackson is unable to go on Sunday, it seems likely that rookie Daryl Richardson will get the bulk of the carries. 

UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 3:31 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Steven Jackson is not our of the injury woods yet. ESPN's Tony Softli passed along this update. 

Rams RB Steven Jackson DNP today

— Tony Softli (@SoftliSTL) September 26, 2012

This is certainly no reason for fantasy owners to give up on him for this week. Missing a Wednesday is no big deal for a veteran. If he misses practice tomorrow, however, it could be time to start thinking back-up plan. 

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It hurts having one of your top stars on the shelf with an injury, but having him start the game and be hampered with the ailment during in the midst of the action can ruin your fantasy week.

Jackson has put his owners in a tough spot, but they must stick it out.

With the latest news pointing to better health for the star running back, Jackson owners should hold on to the stud in the hopes that he will be back to form soon enough to save your fantasy season.

Injury News

After leaving Week 2’s game with an injured groin, Jackson came into Sunday’s matchup with the Chicago Bears listed as questionable. Despite the reports that he wouldn’t play, the veteran showed his legendary toughness by playing, but only gained 29 yards on 11 carries.

While it wasn’t impressive, Jackson walked out of the game healthy.

Jackson told Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the team's decision to start him and how he felt coming out of the matchup:

I gave them confidence that I could go and lead this team emotionally and be the starter at running back. I felt that I could go. I felt that I wasn't going to further injure myself and make myself more susceptible to missing games. Came out of this clean. I just wish that I could've been more productive and helped my team win.

If the Rams star can keep himself from having a setback during the upcoming week of practice, there is little doubt that Jackson could be ready for Week 4’s matchup with the tough Seahawks.

St. Louis will need their tough runner against the impressive Seattle run defense.

Fantasy Outlook

Jackson hasn’t been the fantasy stud many thought he would be this year when they took him early in their drafts, but having patience with the veteran will pay off as the season progresses.

St. Louis’ young offense will only get better as the year goes on, and Jackson will continue to have more and more room as defenses are forced to respect the strong arm of quarterback Sam Bradford.

While the upcoming schedule for the Rams is full of stout run defenses, Jackson performs best under pressure. If the offensive line can withstand Seattle’s pressure in Week 4, the veteran could have an even bigger day than projected.

After missing time with an injury, the St. Louis back will be running with a chip on his shoulder against Seattle.

Final Stat Line:

21 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown, plus four catches for 56 yards.

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