Steven Jackson: Latest Injury Update

Cian FaheyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2011

ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 11: Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams takes the field prior to playing against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Edward Jones Dome on September 11, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Eagles beat the Rams 31-13. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Steven Jackson's injury is just the latest on a laundry list of walking wounded limping into Week 2's Monday Night Football game between the St Louis Rams and New York Giants.

Rams' head coach Steve Spagnuolo confirmed that Jackson probably wasn't going to play next Monday night in New York.

He also confirmed that Jackson strained his quad and is being evaluated on a week-to-week basis.  St. Louis hopes to get Jackson back before its Week 5 bye.

Jackson exploded into the regular season this year with two rushes for 56 yards and a touchdown before being injured in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles. The all-time leading rusher in St. Louis Rams' history was replaced by former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Carnell Williams.

Williams proved to be a reliable replacement as he finished the game with 19 carries for 91 yards rushing. He also added five receptions for 49 yards. Williams is a former starter but his career was derailed by two serious knee injuries that reduced him to a third down back role in Tampa Bay.

Last season he played 16 games and, if he stays healthy, he is a respectable fantasy option. His big body is built to sustain hits and run between the tackles while he still has the necessary burst to break big runs. He had over 500 receiving yards last year on over 40 receptions which makes him a viable threat in the passing game also.

For years, Jackson was the Rams' offense as Rams teams past lacked talent in the supporting cast around him. Williams won't be the huge piece that Jackson is but he will likely play a feature role and be an every down back.

Jerious Norwood will spell him at times, but Williams will likely only come out of the game when he needs to catch his breath or if he is injured. For fantasy owners, he is a great pickup this week as the Rams will be looking to protect Sam Bradford with a solid ground game.

Steve Spagnuolo understands that he needs to commit to the running game to prevent the talented blitzers on the Giants' defense from pinning their ears back and terrorizing Bradford. Tim Hightower proved last week that tough running can pay off against the Giants.

Hightower finished that game with 72 yards on the ground and one touchdown. The Rams' offensive line is talented enough to put Williams above those numbers with less carries. Harvey Dahl, Jason Brown, Rodger Saffold and Jason Smith will relish the prospect of running over a defensive line that Steve Spagnuolo knows so well.

Steven Jackson doesn't look like playing against the New York Giants next week but that does not mean that the St. Louis Rams won't be able to move the football.