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Steven Jackson will miss Week Three

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Earlier on Tuesday, there was a report that Falcons running back Steven Jackson could miss some time because of the thigh injury that knocked him out of last Sunday’s victory over the Rams.

That report was right on the money. Falcons coach Mike Smith announced on Tuesday afternoon that Jackson will miss the team’s Week Three game against the Dolphins. And Smith’s announcement also suggested that Jackson’s absence might last longer than just one week.

“It’s short term. Don’t know if that’s two or three weeks,” Smith said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Falcons will turn to Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling, although they won’t be able to replace Jackson’s production individually or as a tandem. That will mean a lot of balls in the air when Atlanta is on offense and it could also test their injury-depleted defense. If all that throwing leads to shorter possessions, either because of missed connections or because the Falcons pick up bigger chunks of yardage without burning enough clock, the thinned ranks on that side of the ball could have a more difficult time of it.

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26 Responses to “Steven Jackson will miss Week Three”
  1. beckzhere says: Sep 17, 2013 5:10 PM

    This Super Bowl favorite team is starting to look like an 8-8 team. Too many injuries and a horrible offensive line are very tough to overcome.

  2. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 17, 2013 5:17 PM

    Whew at least it’s only a few weeks.

    He’ll be back in time for the annual Atlanta Falcons playoff loss.

  3. firesnyder says: Sep 17, 2013 5:19 PM

    I’m not a Falcons fan, but Snelling isn’t all that bad. He’s probably 89% of what an aging Steven Jackson gives you. The Quizz, however, cannot run between the tackles whatsoever. So, here’s my question before I waste a waiver claim on Snelling in my Fantasy league: Will they change the game plan because SJax goes down, or, do they give Snelling a shot first?

  4. SeenThisB4 says: Sep 17, 2013 5:30 PM

    This was NEVER a Super Bowl favorite team. They have worse problems than injuries and a poor offensive line, that head coach for starters and that pedistrian QB getting paid as if he were an elite QB to boot.

  5. boisestatewhodat says: Sep 17, 2013 5:30 PM

    RISE UP…until the Saints tell us to SIT DOWN!

  6. medtxpack says: Sep 17, 2013 5:35 PM

    beckzhere says:
    Sep 17, 2013 5:10 PM
    This Super Bowl favorite team is starting to look like an 8-8 team. Too many injuries and a horrible offensive line are very tough to overcome.

    _________________________________
    It can be done, jsut ask the 2010 Packers…
    Dirty Birds will win their division.

  7. skippynj says: Sep 17, 2013 5:41 PM

    Latest in a long line of atlanta chickens.

  8. mackcarrington says: Sep 17, 2013 5:43 PM

    I said this when he signed with Atlanta:
    30 year old RB with a long injury history. I don’t like saying “I told you so” but….

  9. ceraser45 says: Sep 17, 2013 5:44 PM

    This was NEVER a Super Bowl favorite team. They have worse problems than injuries and a poor offensive line, that head coach for starters and that pedistrian QB getting paid as if he were an elite QB to boot.

    So he is pedestrian now…You are the joke, he is deserving of what he has received and he is nothing close to pedestrian.

  10. wearethesteelers says: Sep 17, 2013 5:47 PM

    Soft team.

  11. silverhornet says: Sep 17, 2013 5:57 PM

    Falcons think they can rest all these injured players this week because they are playing the Dolphins. Are they in for a surprise!

  12. igotgamenj says: Sep 17, 2013 5:59 PM

    As a Miami Fan I’m loving this news

  13. wwttww says: Sep 17, 2013 6:01 PM

    Man, the Falcons get a lot of hate for a team no one takes seriously every year. Also my money is on that 75% of Saints fans can’t name the starting QB before Brees.

  14. mslegndary says: Sep 17, 2013 6:07 PM

    I love it when the competition under estimates us. I hope the Dolphins think just like the Rams and their fans did last week. Thinking they were gonna beat us and so easily . And just like the Rams, the Dolphins will get their Ass beat! RISING UP! Too many jealous people out there want us to fail… Love it!

  15. jzone954 says: Sep 17, 2013 6:55 PM

    Even with Jackson…..Miamis d is hard to run on…..has been for a couple years

  16. salimthadream20 says: Sep 17, 2013 7:04 PM

    Exactly! Not sure why we get so much hate! Especially Coach Smith & Matt Ryan! Coach Smith has completly turn this franchise around and Ryan is a great QB! He may have only 1 playoff win under his belt but hes still very young! How long did it take Manning and Brees to get a ring? Like Matt Ryan said, this team has FIGHT and will overcome these injuries just like we have all the adversity! RISE UP!!

  17. eaglesnd18 says: Sep 17, 2013 7:14 PM

    Steven Jackson. Good running back, can’t stay healthy. Simple as that.

  18. irkjames says: Sep 17, 2013 7:18 PM

    When were the Falcons a Super Bowl contender???

    No offense, but I think the Seahawks, 49ers, Saints, Packers and maybe even a healthy Lions team are all better than Atlanta.

    I’m interested to see how they run the ball against Miami next week. Paul Soliai could be out, but Jared Odrick and Randy Starks are in no way slouches.

  19. wearethesteelers says: Sep 17, 2013 8:27 PM

    No offense, but I think the Seahawks, 49ers, Saints, Packers and maybe even a healthy Lions team are all better than Atlanta.
    _____________________________

    The Lions? LOL!

  20. bcajun says: Sep 17, 2013 8:42 PM

    Saints Division Champs baby!!! WHO DAT!!

  21. bcajun says: Sep 17, 2013 8:44 PM

    Go Phins!!

  22. slammincamnewton says: Sep 17, 2013 9:10 PM

    “So he is pedestrian now…You are the joke, he is deserving of what he has received and he is nothing close to pedestrian.”

    Explain to me what he has deserved to make that pay day? Instead of sucking, the Falcons just suck less. And that’s worth a bigger pay day?

  23. gammynomnom says: Sep 17, 2013 9:29 PM

    I doubt anyone has had better luck in recent years with the lack of injuries to starter than the Falcons.

    The Saints beat them week one while the Saints had lots of injuries. Man up Falcons, nobody stays lucky forever.

    I’m surprised Mike Smith isn’t trying to push Jackson back out there this week.
    That’s what you get when you look for an all or nothing run with senior citizens. Gonzales has been terrible with his blocking, Osi has an int but otherwise worthless and now fraction of Steve Jackson is turning to dust.

    but stop crying dirt birds and put the next man up, your lucky streak is over.

  24. gammynomnom says: Sep 17, 2013 9:35 PM

    You people wonder why the Failcons get so much hate?

    Because of their delusional fans mostly. forty whatever years of absolutely nothing looks like it would steer you toward reality.

    When your slogan is ” rise up” It only means you are down to start with. The South aint rising and neither are you.

  25. torontofalcon says: Sep 17, 2013 10:02 PM

    They could of overcome these injuries if not for a poor offensive line…Ryan can easily carry this team to the playoffs if he gets some protection.

  26. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 18, 2013 12:17 AM

    Before I wondered why the Rams parted ways with jackson but now I get it.

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