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    Caution keeps Jackson on bench most of game

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Monday, Aug. 20 2007

    Those arriving even a tad late to the Edward Jones Dome on Saturday missed
    seeing running back Steven Jackson on the field. That's because his night was
    finished after the first play — a 3-yard pass from Marc Bulger to Torry Holt —
    of the Rams' 30-13 loss to San Diego.

    That bit part followed Jackson's five-play "workout" at Minnesota. Halfway
    through the preseason schedule, Jackson has caught two passes for 20 yards and
    has yet to carry the ball.

    No, Jackson isn't hurt. And no, he isn't in danger of losing his job, certainly
    not after leading the NFL in yards from scrimmage last year and making the Pro
    Bowl.

    The idea is to have Jackson fully primed for the regular-season opener Sept. 9
    vs. Carolina. To that end, the coaches are trying to balance keeping him fresh
    with getting him the proper amount of work.

    As offensive coordinator Greg Olson explained, they'd prefer that most of that
    work be done on the practice field.

    "We run a pretty physical camp, so it's not as if Steven hasn't had a chance to
    take some hits," Olson said. "You've got to make sure that a guy like Steven,
    who is a game-changer, is healthy for the regular season and healthy for the
    playoffs. It's all based upon that."

    Coach Scott Linehan said Sunday that Jackson should see some action Friday at
    Oakland. Then he might head back to the sideline for the preseason finale Aug.
    30 vs. Kansas City.

    "During the regular season, running backs get hit a lot more than any other
    position on our football team," Linehan said. "You try to be really smart about
    that in the preseason."

    LEONARD IS BUSY

    With Jackson being protected, rookie Brian Leonard is working overtime. The
    second-round draft pick had nine carries and five receptions vs. the Vikings,
    followed by a 17-carry, two-catch outing vs. the Chargers.

    "I wish we had a cold tub here (at the Dome); I'd jump right in," he said
    Saturday. "I'm a little more tired. I'll sleep better this week than last week."

    Because Leonard has progressed rapidly at tailback, the plan now is to bring
    him up to speed at fullback. He played both positions at Rutgers.

    "He's going to have to take a big step in the next couple of weeks and learn
    the fullback position as well," Olson said. "From what we've seen so far,
    there's no reason for us to believe he won't be able to do that."

    LONE INJURY

    Guard Richie Incognito's ankle sprain was the only injury suffered by the Rams.
    Wide receiver Drew Bennett was reported to have bruised ribs, but Linehan said
    Bennett simply had the wind knocked out of him.

    RAM-BLINGS

    Vikings linebacker Heath Farwell was fined $7,500 by the league for his
    roughing-the-passer penalty on Rams quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who suffered
    a cracked rib. ... Camp officially ended Sunday. Starting today, the team will
    practice on a regular-season schedule.


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    Re: Caution keeps Jackson on bench most of game

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Monday, Aug. 20 2007

    Those arriving even a tad late to the Edward Jones Dome on Saturday missed
    seeing running back Steven Jackson on the field. That's because his night was
    finished after the first play — a 3-yard pass from Marc Bulger to Torry Holt —
    of the Rams' 30-13 loss to San Diego.

    That bit part followed Jackson's five-play "workout" at Minnesota. Halfway
    through the preseason schedule, Jackson has caught two passes for 20 yards and
    has yet to carry the ball.

    No, Jackson isn't hurt. And no, he isn't in danger of losing his job, certainly
    not after leading the NFL in yards from scrimmage last year and making the Pro
    Bowl.
    Whew!!! I'm glad that's been cleared up. I thought for sure Steven Jackson lost his starting job.:x

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