RAMblings by Steve Korte
Belleville-News Democrat

It’s looking highly unlikely that running back Steven Jackson will play this Sunday against the New York Jets.

Jackson didn’t participate in practice on Thursday for the second straight day, and unless he can practice at full speed on Friday, Rams coach Jim Haslett said he won’t play against the Jets.

Asked if it was realistic for him to do a full practice on Friday, Jackson said, “Probably not. A full practice, probably not to be honest with you. I’m surely hoping that I come in tomorrow and something miraculous happens tonight, and I feel like I can give a full practice like he’s wanting.’’

Jackson said he was hoping that Rams coach Jim Haslett would cut him some slack in the decree that he had to able to practice full speed by Friday.

“I’m hoping that maybe even Saturday if I can during the walk-through have my own personal practice and see if I am able to burst,’’ Jackson said. “Maybe he’ll that slide. I just wasn’t able today and yesterday to give him a full day’s work.’’

After attempting to play last Sunday, Jackson said he underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed some imflammation in his quad muscle.

“It was actually worse than the first MRI,’’ Jackson said. “Our thoughts were that maybe it was just a hard cut day, and it wasn’t ready, and that’s why it kind of swelled up on me.’’

Jackson said his strained quad muscle was getting better.

“It is getting better, but with a hamstring, a quad, a groin — those kind of injuries — one day you feel great and the next day the slightest movement or tweak can set you back,’’ Jackson said. “That’s what I am dealing with right now. One day I feel great, I feel like I can. And then when it’s time for me to show on the field that I am ready, it’s not responding the way we want it to.’’

Running backs Kenneth Darby and Samkon Gado shared the carries with the starting offense.

Antonio Pittman, who has a hamstring injury, ran on the sideline for the second straight day. Haslett said Pittman might attempt to practice on Friday, but he wasn’t sure what role he’d have in the offense if he was indeed healthy enough to play.

Haslett said running back Travis Minor, who sustained a concussion last Sunday against Arizona, will take a neuropsych test again on Friday. Minor failed to pass his neuropsych test earlier this week.