On Monday, Falcons head coach Mike Smith addressed the media after a win, for the first time since their win over the Rams back in week two. Smith even had some potentially very good news during that meeting with the media.
“Right now, we anticipate that (RB) Steven Jackson will be participating in practice on Wednesday,” Smith said.
If all goes according to plan, the Falcons could have Jackson back on the field for the first time since he left that win over St. Louis after scoring a touchdown on the first offensive series. He’s been on the sideline with a hamstring injury. That said, Mike Smith says they won’t bring Jackson back onto the field on a full-time basis right away.
“You’ve got to go in and take it one day at a time when you’re coming back from an injury,” Smith said. “Obviously, you’re not going to go out there and have him participate fully in a practice the first day he’s back.”
Since 2009, Jackson had only missed a combined two games and never rushed for less than 1,045 yards. Before that, he missed four games during the regular season in 2007 with a groin injury. Since 2004-until now, Jackson had dealt with some injuries that mostly had him listed as either questionable or probable during game weeks.
This season the Falcons have run for 333 total yards without Jackson. In his absence, Jacquizz Rodgers has been the team leader in rushing with 193 yards. Running back Jason Snelling is second with 125 yards. Rodgers scored both of his touchdowns on the ground against the Jets back on Monday night in week five. Snelling scored his touchdown on the ground in that game Jackson left with his injury.
So as the Falcons get back on the practice field on Wednesday, they now prepare for two straight road games against the Cardinals this week and then the Panthers the following Sunday.