Dec 29, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson (39) stiff arms Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis (58) on a run in the first half at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons coach Mike Smith expects Steven Jackson to be ready for Week 1

Atlanta Falcons veteran running back Steven Jackson suffered a hamstring injury and was held out of practice on Tuesday. This obviously has a lot of fans worried, but head coach Mike Smith, following practice, told the media that he most certainly expects his lead back to be ready to go for Week 1 of the regular season.

Last season for the Falcons was not the best of Jackson’s career during their abysmal campaign.

He missed four games after suffering a soft tissue injury. In the time that he did see on the field, Jackson only rushed the ball 157 times for 543 yards and six touchdowns. His yards per carry average was a career low 3.5.

Despite that, the Falcons are still looking for a lot from Jackson, so they will certainly watch this injury with caution. Jackson will not step back onto the field until the team doctors feel he’s good and ready.

Back in May at the NFL Draft, the Falcons selected Devonta Freeman out of Florida State, many of whom seemed to believe will be groomed to be the successor of Jackson in Atlanta.

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