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Jeff Fisher says he didn’t bench Steven Jackson

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Rams running back Steven Jackson picked up a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the second quarter of today’s win over the Redskins and then never returned to the field. The Rams never said anything about Jackson being injured, and so it was assumed that Jackson had been benched for the penalty.

But Rams coach Jeff Fisher said after the game that he didn’t bench Jackson: Instead, Fisher explained, Jackson had suffered a groin injury, and he was taken out of the game because of that.

It’s odd that there was no explanation during the game: NFL teams are supposed to announce the status of injured players who leave the game, but the Rams and the announcers on the FOX broadcast apparently had some kind of miscommunication, because the announcers said repeatedly that Jackson had been benched for the penalty, even though he hadn’t been.

The Rams got a good game out of Jackson’s replacement, Daryl Richardson, who carried 15 times for 83 yards after Jackson went out. Richardson, however, fumbled on his very last carry. That’s the kind of thing that really could get Fisher to bench him.

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11 Responses to “Jeff Fisher says he didn’t bench Steven Jackson”
  1. museluver says: Sep 16, 2012 8:54 PM

    So lemme get this straight… Fisher never “benched” Jackson, but his replacement coughed up a fumble and it is the kinda thing that could get him “benched”?

    Wow!

  2. therealtrenches says: Sep 16, 2012 8:59 PM

    Fisher is a dishonest heel.

  3. doublenicklejl55 says: Sep 16, 2012 9:05 PM

    You forgot to mention that he picked up that penalty on a play that was clearly a touchdown, but ruled short. The ball makes it well over the goal line and was easily seen on the replay, which was up for 30+ seconds.

    The refs were garbage, and the game shouldn’t have been as close as it was. Redskins got outplayed in every facet of the game, in spite of all the refs help. Rams won’t get the win, media will report on the skins losing.

  4. mrplow3 says: Sep 16, 2012 9:25 PM

    Jackson was averaging 6 YPC when he left the game, don’t give me the rookie who fumbled did well line, as if he’s gonna take this man’s (who has had a brilliant career for this horrific team over the last decade) job.

    Stephen Jackson, the NFL’s ignored superstar.

  5. bouwel92 says: Sep 16, 2012 9:30 PM

    Well regardless if he was benched or injured, it severely messed my fantasy team up.

  6. sixjak says: Sep 16, 2012 9:52 PM

    The Redskins are the best team in the Universe of all time.

  7. randomramfan says: Sep 16, 2012 9:52 PM

    Game announcers said in a report from the sideline, that there was no injury. But there must have been. SJ39 is a competitor, and if he was benched, he would have let it be known! he seemed to be respectable on the sidelines, so im thinking there was some sort of an injury, and the Rams were just being cautious.

  8. randomramfan says: Sep 16, 2012 9:54 PM

    This was the worst officiated game i have ever seen!!! For both teams!

  9. tackleberries says: Sep 16, 2012 10:01 PM

    “Stephen Jackson, the NFL’s ignored superstar.”

    Um, don’t know if you were trying to be ironic but you just misspelled his name.

  10. kingpel says: Sep 16, 2012 10:40 PM

    There was a point where a couple of ball boys had towels held up around Jackson while a team doctor examined some part of his lower body. The announcers were just asleep at the wheel and missed it.

    Check the tape shortly after the Jackson outburst.

  11. trevor123698 says: Sep 17, 2012 12:15 AM

    he suits up next week no doubt

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