Steven Jackson Injury: Updates on Falcons RB's Thigh
Steven Jackson picked up a thigh injury in the first quarter of the Atlanta Falcons' Week 2 matchup against the St. Louis Rams.
The Falcons confirmed Jackson was questionable to return to the game after suffering the injury.
INJURY UPDATE: Falcons RB Steven Jackson has a thigh injury incurred midway through 1st Qtr. His return is questionable. #STLvsATL— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) September 15, 2013
Jackson never returned to the game and missed Week 3's loss to the Miami Dolphins. He was ruled out for Week 4 and Week 5, and has been ruled out in Week 7.
However, Jackson is active for Week 8.
D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the latest on Jackson:
"I feel good out there," Jackson said after Friday's practice."I just have to get my bearings again and get back to the flow of the game, the speed of the game. Looking to continue to heal over the next few days until Sunday."
"The speed of practice and the speed of the game are just two totally different things," Jackson said. "The confidence in the leg has to continue to grow. Make sure that I'm not compromising and over compensating for the injury. Just continue to make sure I am able to help the team and not hurt them and able to give them 100 percent."
From Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com:
Steven Jackson will be listed as probable, Smith said. Baker questionable— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) October 25, 2013
Jay Adams of AtlantaFalcons.com talked to Steven Jackson about his recovery and return to the field:
Jackson said Wednesday that things are progressing well and that he feels he can be effective on the field again.
“My leg’s been feeling a lot better,” Jackson said. “I’ve seen the doctor more times than I’d like to and, finally, he and I are on the same page. It’s been encouraging enough in the progress I’ve made to give it a go.”
From Vaughn McClure of ESPN:
Smith said anticipates Steven Jackson to practice Wednesday.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) October 21, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 15
ESPN's Vaughn McClure confirms Steven Jackson is not guaranteed to play in Week 7:
[Falcons head coach Mike] Smith did not provide an update on the status of running back Steven Jackson, who has been sidelined since Week 2 with a hamstring injury. There is a belief Jackson could return to practice this week, but nothing is certain.
McClure later reported that Jackson was still not practicing as of Tuesday, Oct. 15:
Steven Jackson still an observer— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) October 15, 2013
D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution confirmed McClure's report:
Jackson attended the open portion of practice, but didn't have his helmet.
UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 10
ESPN's Vaughn McClure has the latest on Jackson's status at practice this week:
Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson, sidelined with a hamstring injury, remained without a helmet as the team returned to practice Wednesday.
Jackson hasn’t practiced or played in a game since injuring his hamstring in a Week 2 win over his former team, the St. Louis Rams. This week’s bye gives him a chance to get more rest. Jackson seemed optimistic about possibly returning for the team’s next game -- an Oct. 20 home matchup against NFC South foe Tampa Bay.
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 27
Jackson posted the following statement on his website:
I'm still new, and I've only really been able to participate in one game, so I have a lot of pressure on myself. I want to come in and make a huge impression on this team and on this city. So I've just been really focused on getting back healthy, and once I'm back on the field, being an impact player.
But I have to be patient. That's just part of being mature as a player. I know my body, and I have to make sure that I'm right. I don't want to come back too soon, and just be an average guy on the football field. When I come back, I want to be 100 percent healthy and be the dynamic running back who can catch the ball, run between the tackles and do all the things that I've done.
I have to make sure that I'm ready for the latter part of the season more than anything. That's what I'm focused on, and that's what I remind myself as I'm rehabbing daily.
Though I haven't been on the practice field, I'm still preparing and taking notes like I'm going to be the starter. It's still my duty to be tuned in to what the game plan is. If another running back asks me a question, I want to be able to give him the answer or tell him what I would do in that situation. So that's one way that I stay dialed in.
UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 23
ESPN's Adam Schefter provides a timetable for when Jackson may potentially return:
ESPN's Falcons writer Vaughn McClure reports Steven Jackson is dealing with a hamstring injury and is expected to be sidelined until Week 7.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 24, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 17
Jeff Schultz of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution confirms Steven Jackson is questionable for Week 3 after suffering a thigh injury against the Rams in Week 2: "Jackson... [is] banged up and uncertain for this week's game at Miami."
Prior to leaving the game, Steven Jackson had carried the ball three times for zero yards, but did score a touchdown on the play in which he was injured.
The Falcons reported Jacquizz Rodgers will take over the starting duties with Jackson out.
Jacquizz Rodgers in the game for Jackson. First carry goes for no gain. #STLvsATL— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) September 15, 2013
Following the game, head coach Mike Smith refused to update Jackson's status.
FWIW, Falcons coach Mike Smith declined comment on his many injured players. No update on Steven Jackson, who obviously didn't return.— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) September 15, 2013
Last week against the New Orleans Saints, Jackson was a steady presence, running for 77 yards on 11 carries.
Atlanta signed the veteran running back to help improve a rushing attack that finished 29th in the league last year. Although he has slowed down a bit over the last few years, Jackson, 30, has still run for over 1,000 yards in each of his last eight seasons. He's still a very good option and helps to take attention off Matt Ryan.
Should he miss significant time, it would be a major loss for the Falcons offense.
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