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)

Steven Jackson's Status Improves As Rams Running Back Returns To Practice

Steven Jackson joined his team on the practice field for the first time since he was injured in the season opener.

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Steven Jackson Status: Jackson Returns To Practice

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson returned to practice today. Jackson has been dealing with a quad injury suffered in the Rams’ season opening loss to the Eagles. Though still listed as limited, it could signal that Jackson’s load will increase this week against Washington.

Jackson played last week. He carried the ball four times in a 37-7 loss to the Ravens. His backup, Cadillac Williams, did the bulk of the rushing work. Jackson was limited to short yardage work as his thigh would not allow him to hit full speed in the open field.

He is still listed as limited in the official practice report, but this is a good sign that his workload could increase this week. The Rams could certainly use Jackson in the lineup, giving their struggling offense some star power. The team is still seeking its first win.

Fore more on Jackson, head over to Turf Show Times, SB Nation’s St. Louis Rams site.


Steven Jackson Injury: Rams Hopeful That Jackson Can Play This Week

Steven Jackson is still day to day as he recovers from a strained quad. Jackson missed Monday’s game, the St. Louis Rams’ first Monday Night Football appearance since 2006. Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo said yesterday that he was “hopeful” Jackson could play this week when the Rams return home to face the Baltimore Ravens.

Jackson did not practice at all last week, but refused to be ruled out for the Rams’ week 2 game against the Giants. He went through a pregame workout to make a final determination about his status for the week, but hit a stumbling block while trying to run a 40-yard dash.

Jackson’s absence called for some reshuffling among the running backs. Cadillac Williams assumed the primary role. Jerious Norwood picked up some additional carries in relief, and rookie RB Quinn Porter took over kick returns.

For more on Steven Jackson and the St. Louis Rams, visit Turf Show Times, SB Nation’s Rams blog.


Steven Jackson Injury Update: Rams RB Confirms He Will Be Game-Time Decision

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson declared that he will once again be a game-time decision this Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Jackson was a game-time decision against the Giants with his quad injury but was unable to get everything together in time for the game. According to Jackson, he was close to a guy but couldn't complete a 40-yard run prior to the game.

This is a tough call for fantasy football owners because he is a late start on Sunday. Playing in the 4:05pm ET game is better than his Monday Night Football game last week, but it still creates a tough decision. The team does not have to declare its inactive list until an hour before the game, which does you no good if you can't afford to wait that long for an announcement.

If you are stuck in that predicament, the best bet is to wait and see if anything happens before the 1:05pm starts. Beyond that, the Ravens do represent a tough matchup for Jackson. If Jackson were healthy he'd be a must-start no matter the matchup. But if he's slowed down at all by the quad injury, the safest play might just be sitting him on Sunday. Wait until Sunday morning in case news breaks early, but if you can afford to wait, do it.

It's worth noting that his primary backup Cadillac Williams missed the first two days of practice but thinks he can go on Sunday. If Jackson is inactive you might want to hold off on starting Cadillac for now as his status does remain up in the air.

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Steven Jackson Injury: Rams RB Likely Out for Week 2

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson will likely not play against the New York Giants when the two teams meet in a Week 2 Monday Night Football game. Head coach Steve Spagnuolo revealed the news in his Monday afternoon press conference.

Jackson strained his right quad on a 47-yard touchdown run in the Rams’ 31-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

Jackson’s status beyond Week 2 is unclear. He will be on a day-to-day, week-to-week basis following that game. Cadillac Williams will start in place of Jackson.

The Rams will also be without cornerback Ron Bartell (neck) and wide receiver Danny Amendola (elbow). Quarterback Sam Bradford is expected to play despite a bruise in his right index finger. Spagnuolo also said that the Rams will be making several roster moves to account for the losses.

For more analysis and reaction to Steven Jackson’s injury and the others, visit Turf Show Times, SB Nation’s Rams community.


Steven Jackson Injury: Quad Strain Has RB On Unknown Timetable

The St. Louis Rams received a first quarter 47-yard touchdown run from running back Steven Jackson, but little else as a quad strain prevented him from playing in the rest of the game. The Rams are staying quiet on Jackson's status until Monday, when they plan to evaluate the extent of his injury, according to the team's official Twitter feed.

In his absence, Cadillac Williams, a free agent signing, took over running back duties and filled in nicely. He finished the game with 81 yards on 19 carries. The team's other free agent running back signing, Jerious Norwood, received just three carries and gained 10 yards.

The Cowboys also lost wide receiver Danny Amendola to a dislocated shoulder on Sunday. And young quarterback Sam Bradford reportedly has nerve damage in his fingers.

Read more about Steven Jackson and the St. Louis Rams at Turf Show Times, SB Nation’s Rams blog, and SB Nation St. Louis.


Steven Jackson Injury Status: Rams RB's Return Questionable

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson has a strained quad and his return is questionable. Jackson injured his quad on a 47-yard touchdown run in the first quarter of the Rams season opener versus the Philadelphia Eagles.

That was the Rams’ first offensive play of the game, and put them in front of the Eagles by a score of 7-0. The Eagles have since gone on to add two unanswered touchdowns to make it a 14-7 game heading into the second quarter.

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If Jackson cannot return, Cadillac Williams and Jerious Norwood will take over rushing duties for Jackson. Fans and analysts wondered before the season started if Jackson would be able to stay healthy for the Rams. Jackson was supposed to be the key to the Rams offensive strategy against the Eagles today.

Read more about Steven Jackson and the St. Louis Rams at Turf Show Times, SBNation’s Rams blog.

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