Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson (39) runs out on the field prior to the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons won 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Steven Jackson could miss 2-4 weeks


Atlanta Falcons feature back Steven Jackson left Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams with a thigh injury he sustained in the first quarter after catching a touchdown pass. The injury didn’t seem to be significant at first glance, but the Falcons did not update Jackson’s status at all. He wasn’t expected to play in Week 3, and it now looks like we should rule him out for a couple of games.

According to a source close to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Steven Jackson could miss 2-4 weeks with the thigh injury, but Rapoport states that he is “officially week-to-week”, which means that this is the closest thing to an update that we have from the Falcons. Jackson’s absence for just 2-4 weeks would definitely hurt the Falcons, but it wouldn’t be a huge blow. The Falcons rushing attack wouldn’t be as consistent, but Jackson has had a slow start to the season anyway. Jacquizz Rodgers is talented, but it’s all about finding consistency when it comes to Rodgers.

Steven Jackson is 30, and he’s had a history of injuries, so it’s safe to say that 2-4 weeks is a very realistic timeline. The Falcons know that it’s more important to have him healthy in the long run than rushing him back, so that makes things more interesting when it comes to watching for a return date regarding Jackson.

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