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Steven Jackson Will Likely Play Against Cardinals

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By Matthew Asher

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 15: Steven Jackson #39 of the Atlanta Falcons scores a first quarter touchdown against the St. Louis Rams at the Georgia Dome on September 15, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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While nothing has been made official yet, it’s good to know that Atlanta running back Steven Jackson (hamstring) is on the mend. Jackson, who hasn’t played since Week 2 due to injuries, was finally able to practice this week, albeit in limited amounts on both Wednesday and Thursday, and is listed as probable for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Nine Falcons, including Jackson, are listed on the injury report. Three did not participate in practice at all either Wednesday or Thursday and the other six were limited in practice throughout the first two days.

Starting wide receiver Roddy White (hamstring/ankle), backup running back Jason Snelling (ankle) and backup outside linebacker Stephen Nicholas (thigh) were the three Falcons unable to participate in practice at all both Wednesday and Thursday. Both are listed as out for Sunday’s game.

Because White is unable to play for the second straight game, either Kevin Cone or Drew Davis is expected to fill in for him. Jacquizz Rodgers and Snelling have been working together in the backfield with Jackson out. ‘Quizz might simply take more reps or either Antone Smith or Josh Vaughan would fill in for Snelling to help out ‘Quizz.

Including Jackson, the six players limited in practice are split down the middle with three on offense and three on defense. The three defensive players are starting defensive tackle Corey Peters (shoulder), starting middle linebacker Akeem Dent (ankle) and backup cornerback Robert Alford (ankle). On Thursday Peters and Dent were also limited in practice but Alford was back to full participation.

Peria Jerry is currently listed as Peters backup. Thomas Howard would likely fill in for Dent and if Alford can’t play on Sunday (though Alford is listed as probable.) Dominique Franks is the likely candidate to come in for nickel and dime defensive alignments.

In addition to Jackson, the final two Falcons are starting left tackle Sam Baker (knee), who is listed as questionable, and backup tight end Chase Coffman (knee), listed as probable. Both were limited in practice both Wednesday and Thursday. Ryan Schraeder is Baker’s replacement and Coffman, who would backup Gonzalez, would probably have Levine Toilolo fill in for him if he is unable to play on Sunday.

Probable

  • Robert Alford
  • Chase Coffman
  • Steven Jackson
  • Corey Peters

Out

  • Stephen Nicholas
  • Jason Snelling
  • Roddy White

Questionable

  • Sam Baker
  • Akeem Dent

For more Falcons news and updates, visit Falcons Central.

Matthew Asher is a freelance journalist. From an early age, sports have played a major role in his life. He graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Journalism. After college he spent 2 years working with CNN Sports and still occasionally writes sports articles for several publications both in the United States and Canada. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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