Falcons RB Steven Jackson Plans To Play Sunday
By Allen Kim
Steven Jackson has been sidelined since Wee 2 with a hamstring injury, and he’s been slow to recover ever since. However, he has now practiced for two days in a row, and he plans to suit up this Sunday.
“The leg is feeling a lot better,” Jackson told D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “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, the progress that I've made, to give it a go.
“I don't think any time after Week 1 you are 100 percent. But I feeling up to this point well enough to give it a go and be out there and be effective like Day One.”
Jackson’s return could not come at a better time. They just recently lost Julio Jones for the year, and Roddy White looks like he’s going to be out for at least another week.
While Harry Douglas was able to step up in the passing game, Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling were once again ineffective on the ground. The two tailbacks accounted for 30 yards on 15 carries, and if the Falcons hope to consistently move the chains on offense, they’ll need some more help from the running game.
“Overall, as a team, we haven't been where we want to in the running game,” said Jackson. “But I feel no added pressure from that. The organization, the training staff have been more than willing to work with me to make sure I'm 100 percent. Once I get back out there it's like treating it like Day One of training camp: getting back my run reads, getting back my fits with the offensive linemen and just giving them words of encouragement. That's the veteran leadership that I bring.”
"In terms of limited, (Jackson and tight end Chase Coffman) had more snaps than they had yesterday," coach Mike Smith said after practice today. "That was the plan. Try to ramp them up. The first day, they were very limited. Today, I would say it was almost a full load for (those two) guys today."
“It's been difficult to watch,” said Jackson. “To see my teammates go out there and battle, being here seven days a week with those guys and not being able to participate and not be able to maybe be a difference-maker in a game or two, it's been very frustrating. But I have learned a lot by just actually becoming coach. Now I think I really know the details of some of the plays I probably didn't know because I was so new to the offense.”