Sep 15, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; 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’s chances of playing Week 7 are ‘not good’

Veteran running back Steven Jackson has not had his time with the Atlanta Falcons go as planned. Jackson was expected to be key to building the run game and allowing the passing game to open up for Matt Ryan, but Jackson has been nursing a hamstring injury since Week 2 and it looks like he will remain on the sidelines.

Despite coming off of a bye week, Jackson has not yet resumed practicing.

This is obviously a troubling sign and D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution believes that the chances of Jackson returning to the line up this week are “not good.”

The Falcons entire season has been a train wreck with a 1-4 record and injuries to Jackson, Julio Jones and Roddy White. The only healthy option at this time it seems is Tony Gonzalez, who has committed to playing the final season of his career.

Things don’t always go as planned early in the season, so luckily the Falcons still have plenty of time to turn things around but they better act fast. They can do just that on Sunday with a big win over the stumbling Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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