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Steven Jackson could practice soon, on track for Week One

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The Falcons haven’t had running back Steven Jackson on the practice field in almost a month because of a hamstring injury suffered early in camp, but one of the remaining Hard Knocks episodes may feature the veteran’s return to practice.

Coach Mike Smith said Wednesday that Jackson has stepped up his rehab work with the team’s trainers and could be ready to take the next step and practice with his teammates soon. Smith even left open the possibility that Jackson could play in the team’s final preseason game.

“We are encouraged by what he has done over on that side with athletic performance,” Jackson said, via the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “It’s going to depend on the individual in terms of how he feels and once the doctor gives him the clear to go, then he will go.”

The Falcons generally haven’t played starters in the final preseason game and Smith said Jackson was on track to play in the regular season opener, so it might prove to be more risk than reward to get Jackson snaps in the preseason.

 

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11 Responses to “Steven Jackson could practice soon, on track for Week One”
  1. turkjones says: Aug 20, 2014 5:29 PM

    All due respect to Jackson for a fine career but, frankly, the Falcons are better off without him as the bell cow. Devonta Freeman is the best RB on that roster and should get the lion’s share of carries sooner than later.

  2. aceakking says: Aug 20, 2014 5:33 PM

    Guess what 2013 Falcons and 2014 Niners have in common. Overrated.

  3. dcstinks says: Aug 20, 2014 5:33 PM

    No Longer relevant in the NFL. He is a has been, or better yet. Never was.. Chris Johnson V.1

  4. flannlv says: Aug 20, 2014 5:50 PM

    As a Saints fan I hope Jackson is back for week 1. No reason to rush Freeman into the lineup.

  5. kingpel says: Aug 20, 2014 6:20 PM

    Steven Jackson is always banged up. Just sit him until November so he’ll actually be available for cold weather road games when you need him.

  6. holla2626 says: Aug 20, 2014 6:25 PM

    $10 says he has Activia in his fridge at home

  7. schmitty2 says: Aug 20, 2014 6:41 PM

    As Rams fan I’ve got nothing but love for him but his hamstrings have been shot since 2010.

  8. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 20, 2014 7:24 PM

    The Falcons have Freeman now so who needs a washed up Jackson?

  9. jimmy53 says: Aug 20, 2014 8:59 PM

    he is the third best RB on that team right now…

  10. I'm Judgemental says: Aug 21, 2014 11:08 AM

    Just treat him as a goal line back until he gets healthy. Smith, Freeman and Quizz can handle the other downs.

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