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SJ Has Back Surgery
Rams Pro Bowl running back Steven Jackson underwent back surgery in early April to repair a herniated disc he suffered in late November of last season.
"It was a minor procedure," coach Steve Spagnuolo told the Post-Dispatch on Tuesday evening. "He feels great. It's really not a big deal."
But Spagnuolo did say Jackson probably would be held out of at least the start of organized team activities ó the full-squad practice sessions that begin May 18 at Rams Park. "Just to be sure," Spagnuolo said.
And there's a chance Jackson could be held out of practices until the start of training camp at the end of July.
Originally, Jackson hoped that rest and rehab would help the back heal. But when the back didn't respond, he opted for surgery, which took place in California less than a month ago. The surgery removed the herniated piece of the disc.
The prognosis is good, and it's believed the surgery won't hamper his NFL career or his longevity. But back injuries are tricky, and there are obviously no guarantees.
Jackson has been at Rams Park this week doing rehab work on his back but did not respond to a text message seeking comment. One of Jackson's agents declined to comment, referring all questions on the matter to the Rams.
The surgery obviously is a sensitive subject at Rams Park, particularly given the team's inability to add a strong backup to Jackson via the draft or free agency.
The Rams brought in former Pittsburgh Steeler Willie Parker for a pre-draft visit, but he was never offered a contract and ended up signing with Washington.
Former Philadelphia Eagle Brian Westbrook took a physical in St. Louis on April 24, the last day of the draft. But Westbrook, who has knee, ankle, and concussion issues, left without a contract offer from the Rams and will take his time considering his options.
Fresno State's Ryan Mathews was the only running back known to have been brought in for a pre-draft visit by St. Louis. He was taken 12th overall in the draft by San Diego.
Detroit general manager Martin Mayhew said the Lions traded up into the first round for California running back Jahvid Best at No. 30 overall in part because he thought the Rams might select Best at No. 33 overall, or just ahead of Detroit in the second round.
At the moment, the Rams have only Kenneth Darby and Chris Ogbonnaya as returning veterans behind Jackson on the depth chart. The team did sign running backs Keith Toston of Oklahoma State and De'Maundray Woolridge of Idaho as rookie free agents after the draft, and both players took part in last weekend's rookie minicamp.
Jackson suffered his back injury in the Rams' Nov. 22 home game against Arizona last season. He said after that game that he wasn't sure if it occurred on any one specific play. Except for a handful of plays, Jackson didn't practice the rest of the season. What was originally described as back spasms turned out to be a herniated disc.
Jackson toughed it out, playing in five of the team's final six games. (He missed the Dec. 27 road game at Arizona.) Although his workload stayed high, his production dipped after the injury, although that partly could have been caused by injuries on the offensive line. Jackson averaged 103 rushing yards over his first 10 games. After the injury, he averaged 77 rushing yards a game in his final five contests.
Jackson earned his second Pro Bowl berth after finishing with 1,416 rushing yards, the sixth-highest total in franchise history and the second-best total of his career. But he chose not to participate to rest his back.
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No such thing as "minor back surgery" as far as I'm concerned, especially for an NFL running back. I'm more than a little concerned, especially since we didn't address this need at all in the draft.
Go get Justin Fargas as a reinforcement.
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I never like hearing this but if Spags says he's fine, then I believe it. I'm surprised we didn't hear about this earlier... Regardless, I'm just glad it was only minor surgery. Things like this (especially if we are drafting in the middle of the draft) are going to force the Rams into being tempted to draft a RB in the 1st; it'll allow us to have that 1-2 punch, which isn't a bad thing. However, I never like to see any of our players (especially our best player) go through this stuff.
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Re: SJ Has Back Surgery
I ain't no sawbones but I think this is good news. My dad had a herniated disc & tried the R & R approach. Two years of pain & a minor addiction to pain killers later, he had the surgery, and everything was fine. Admittedly, he wasn't an NFL RB, but he was a very active guy.
Re: SJ Has Back Surgery
All indications point to this not being as big a deal as fans will make it. Naturally a player and a coach don't want to say this will shorten Jackson's career. But one must be careful of drawing conclusions from the exact opposite of what a person in the "know" actually says. I'm not worried about Sjax at this point but i realize im probably in the shallow end of the pool here.
If Sjax never plays again I honestly wouldn't be as horrified as other people would (never playing meaning retires or something, god forbid something happens to him). I think our seeming utter dependence on one player and the fan bases insistence that our fate is tied to Sjax is appalling. I never want the fortunes of my team dependent on one player EVER. We need to be able to adapt to change which is why im hoping our young guys step up on both sides of the ball, that way the doom of one of our star players (again, god forbid) won't be so utterly devastating. I like that we seem commited to building the line and establishing a system, because in a truly GREAT system, anyone that feels the basic requirements can come in and be succesful and that's what i want us running in Saint Louis.
When your Offensive and Defensive line is truly dominant, you can stick guys with lower levels of talent and watch them beomce succesful. Emmitt was truly unspectacular on paper, but his dominant line and his hard work allowed him to top the list of NFL rushers and remina on top. You don't need the flashiest players or the biggest names to be succesful, that's just fan fodder. What you truly need is a solid foundation and hard working individuals that understand what they are doing.
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