Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson (39) runs with the ball for a touchdown with defense by St. Louis Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree (52) in the first quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Steven Jackson listed probable


Atlanta Falcons workhorse back Steven Jackson hasn’t been able to be a workhorse this season, as he’s been out since Week 2 with a hamstring injury. He only had three carries in that Week 2 game against the St. Louis Rams, but we did get to see Jackson flash his talent in the Falcons opener against the New Orleans Saints. While the Falcons lost that game, Jackson was excellent with 77 rushing yards on just 11 carries, and he also did an impeccable job of helping out Matt Ryan in the passing game with five receptions for 45 yards. Even in the Week  2 game, Jackson manage to show off his ability to help the passing attack with an eight-yard touchdown catch.

Although Steven Jackson reportedly suffered a setback on his hamstring injury last week and was thus ruled out, Jackson was determined to get back into the starting lineup this week and stated at various points this week that he would play. Well, the Falcons are officially listing Jackson as probable on the injury report, and the timing is definitely excellent.

Hamstring injuries are always tricky for veteran running backs, and Jackson’s hamstring ailment took quite some time to heal. He probably isn’t 100%, but there is no doubt that he will be out there this week against the Arizona Cardinals. With Roddy White out another week and No. 3 back Jason Snelling having not practiced all week, getting Steven Jackson is all the more important for the Falcons offense.

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