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Steven Jackson might miss 2-4 weeks for Falcons
By Chris Wesseling
Another day, another big blow for the Atlanta Falcons on the injury front.
Running back Steven Jackson never returned to Sunday's 31-24 victory over the St. Louis Rams after leaving with an injury. Coach Mike Smith announced Monday that defensive end Kroy Biermann is lost for the season with a torn Achilles tendon.
A person informed of Jackson's injury tells NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that Jackson might miss 2-4 weeks with a thigh injury. The 30-year-old is officially viewed as "week to week."
What's worse, the Falcons announced that linebacker Sean Weatherspoon has been placed on injured reserve-designated to return after suffering a foot sprain in Sunday's contest.
With Jackson out, Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling likely will split backfield duties. The two combined for just 36 rushing yards after Jackson departed, leaving the Falcons' backfield with their lowest output in a victory in franchise history.
With the ground attack struggling, the Falcons offense has been decidedly one-sided.
The losses of Biermann and Weatherspoon are major blows to a defense that has failed to muster any semblance of pass rush over the first two games of the season.
Biermann was a moveable chess piece for coordinator Mike Nolan, lining up all along the defensive front seven -- and even at safety on occasion. Weatherspoon widely is viewed as the Falcons' most valuable defensive player, capable of rushing the passer and hanging with tight ends and running backs in coverage.
Weatherspoon is ineligible to return until Week 11 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In the meantime, undrafted rookie Joplo Bartu is the favorite to take over at linebacker, with fifth-round draft pick Malliciah Goodman picking up snaps at defensive end.
Smith has to hope that the 2-0 New Orleans Saints don't run and hide while the Falcons bide their time awaiting the returns of Jackson and Weatherspoon.
We where all jacked up to face Jack and it never really happened did it. That said once again Les and Fisher seemed to make the right decision on weather to keep an aging player or often injured players like DA and DX. Both DA and Jack will do what they have done here miss games.
Re: Steven Jackson might miss 2-4 weeks for Falcons
Sjax has always had issues with his thigh, I wonder what it is?
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