Steven Jackson Injury Update: Rams RB Officially Ruled out for Monday Night

Zachary D. RymerMLB Lead WriterSeptember 19, 2011

ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 11: Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams ruses for a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Edward Jones Dome on September 11, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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It always was unlikely that St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson would be able to play on Monday night against the New York Giants. It is no surprise, then, that he's not going to.

Yes, it's official. Courtesy of NFL Network's Albert Breer, we know that Jackson will not be in action for the Rams against the Giants. He did what he could to get his injured quadriceps ready to go, but he just couldn't do it.

"Just can't open up," said Jackson via Twitter.

With Jackson out, the bulk of the carries for the Rams will fall to veteran running backs Cadillac Williams and Jerious Norwood. The two of them combined for 22 carries and 101 yards in the Rams' Week 1 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Williams was largely responsible for those numbers. With Jackson out, Williams torched the Eagles for 91 yards on 19 carries. In many ways, he was the lone bright spot for the Rams after Jackson was forced to leave the game after just two carries, one of which was a 47-yard touchdown scamper.

While it's a bummer that Jackson is not going to be able to go tonight, I think Rams fans (and fantasy owners) have to look on the bright side. It's just Week 2, and the last thing the Rams wanted to do was risk further injury to their star running back. He's a tough dude, but even the toughest dudes need time to heal.

Jackson will be back, make no mistake about that. And when he is, the Rams offense will be formidable once again.

The only problem is that the indication here is that the Rams offense will not be formidable tonight. In all honesty, it won't be. The Rams totally fell apart offensively after Jackson left the game against the Eagles. You have to think they'll be better against the Giants and their injury-depleted defense, but not that much better.

Here's hoping the Rams' own defense came to play. Otherwise, an 0-2 start is likely.

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