The Atlanta Falcons run game has struggled in Steven Jackson’s absence. Getting Jackson back into the line up is a must, and added relief for the rest of the offense. Jackson is still fighting off a hamstring injury and if he plays it will be at less than 100 percent.
“I don’t think any time after Week 1 you are 100 percent,” Jackson said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. ”But I feeling up to this point well enough to give it a go and be out there and be effective like Day One.”
“The leg is feeling a lot better. I’ve seen the doctor more times than I’d like to and finally he and I are on the same page. It’s been encouraging enough, the progress that I’ve made, to give it a go.”
Despite the less than 100 percent status, Jackson is going to play on Sunday.
“Going to get out there this afternoon and see how it feels and just go from there, being mindful that the game is Sunday and now Wednesday.. Looking forward to it.”
The run game rests squarely on the shoulders of Jackson, who will probably be used in early downs and short-yardage situations. Jacquizz Rodgers will most likely be in on passing downs. The run game, and the expectations that his presence will fix it, haven’t added any pressure on him.
“Overall, as a team, we haven’t been where we want to in the running game. But I feel no added pressure from that.”