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  • Back Spasms Keep Jackson Out Of Practice

    11.25.2009 2:18 pm
    Back spasms keep Jackson out of practice
    By Bill Coats
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson, the No. 2 rusher in the NFL, sat out practice Wednesday because he was suffering spasms in his lower back. Coach Steve Spagnuolo said Jackson would be evaluated daily.

    “It’s day to day,” Jackson said. “Anyone that’s had any back problems knows that it’s just one of those things where you’ve got to wait it out. There’s really nothing you can do. I’ve spent countless hours (at Rams Park) since Sunday, trying to get it back together. Hopefully it’ll release a little bit and allow me to practice.”

    Jackson, who had a similar problem a couple of years ago, said he’s “expecting to play Sunday” when the Seahawks visit the Edward Jones Dome.

    Also skipping practice were fullback Mike Karney (neck), tackle Jason Smith (concussion), punter Donnie Jones (illness) and, of course, quarterback Marc Bulger (leg), who will be sidelined three to six weeks. Guard Richie Incognito (foot), who has missed three games, did some individual work.

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  • r8rh8rmike
    Jackson Sits Out Thursday; Plans To Play Sunday
    by r8rh8rmike
    12.03.2009 4:21 pm
    Jackson sits out Thursday; plans to play Sunday
    By Jim Thomas
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Coach Steve Spagnuolo held out hope Wednesday that St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson would be able to practice Thursday. That didn’t turn out to be the case as Jackson was a no-go for the second day in a row.

    But as was the case last week, Jackson told reporters Thursday that he fully expected to play this Sunday. The Rams take to the road for the first time in a month for a noon kickoff in Chicago.

    “I feel better than (Wednesday),” Jackson said. “Last week, it was a new injury. So it flared up really bad. But I was able to do some walk-through today. I’m studying film, still preparing as though I’m playing Sunday. So if I don’t play, I’ll be more surprised than anybody.”

    RT Jason Smith (concussion) and FB Mike Karney (neck) also did not practice Thursday, with both players almost certainly about to miss their second straight game.

    But C Jason Brown (knee), after missing the first practice of his career Wednesday, returned Thursday and got a lot of work in although officially listed as limited participation on the Rams’ injury report. LB James Laurinaitis (shoulder) and RG Richie Incognito (foot) also were limited participation, but they also got a lot of work Thursday.

    QB Marc Bulger (shin bone) already has been ruled out.
    -12-03-2009, 11:29 PM
  • eldfan
    Jackson says he'll pay fine
    by eldfan
    Jackson says he'll pay fine By Jim Thomas

    One of the biggest surprises in last week's loss to Seattle was that Rams running back Steven Jackson didn't perform his "rolling the dice" touchdown celebration after scoring late in the fourth quarter.

    "Well, if I roll the dice, you guys would say, 'Why is he rolling the dice when he's down?'" Jackson said. "Right? Right?"

    The Rams were trailing 27-10 with 44 seconds to play before Jackson's score.

    "If I did a Donnie Avery (dance), I would've been in trouble," he joked. "Actually, I just wanted to show the few fans that were still there — give someone a souvenir. I knew I was going to get fined for it. I just wanted to give somebody a ball."

    It turned out to be a $5,000 souvenir. That was Jackson's fine from the No Fun League for tossing the ball into the stands at the Edward Jones Dome. Seems like a steep fine for trying to make a fan happy.

    "If you want to argue for me, I'm glad," Jackson joked.

    Jackson said he won't try to appeal the fine, saying no appeal exists for such situations. So ...

    "Five grand it is," he said.

    Meanwhile, Jackson missed his second day of practice this week because of a continuing back injury. But as was the case last week, he expects to play Sunday.

    "I feel better than (Wednesday)," Jackson said. "Last week, it was a new injury, so it flared up really bad. But I was able to do some walk-through today. I'm studying film, still preparing as though I'm playing Sunday. So if I don't play, I'll be more surprised than anybody."

    Rams fans are offering advice to help Jackson's sore back. One fan passed along word that something called a Teeter Hang Ups Inversion Table — costing $300 — could cure back spasms in a week.

    "If it was as easy as back spasms I would listen," Jackson said. "But it's a little more deep-rooted than that."

    Jackson said he works on range of motion and does stretching exercises to take pressure off his lower back.

    "It just feels a little bit compressed," he said. "It feels like my muscle and my back are always tense. ... Sitting down for a long period of time or standing up for long periods of time, either one puts a huge load on my back."

    With temperatures expected to be in the 30s during Sunday's game at Soldier Field, Jackson may find it more difficult to get his back loosened up than was the case in the Dome.

    The Rams plan to practice outside today, and Jackson said he will try to practice, "to see where I'm at running."

    Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said Jackson has done everything possible to stay sharp mentally this...
    -12-04-2009, 08:11 AM
  • eldfan
    Jackson misses another practice
    by eldfan
    Jackson misses another practice

    Story Discussion BY JIM THOMAS | Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 10:00 am |

    Rams running back Steven Jackson missed practice again Wednesday and his status is uncertain for Sunday.

    St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson, who injured a groin muscle Sunday vs. Washington, sat out of practice Thursday for a second consecutive day.

    Jackson's status for Sunday's game vs. Seattle remains uncertain and Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo has said Jackson is "day to day."

    If Jackson were unable to play, backup RB Kenneth Darby likely would get the bulk of the work Sunday.

    With no guarantee that either Jackson or RB Keith Toston (shoulder) will be able to play Sunday, the Rams on Tuesday signed running back Chauncey Washington off the New York Jets' practice squad.

    Washington, 5-11, 215 pounds, was a seventh-round draft pick by Jacksonville in 2008. He has played in only eight NFL games -- six for Jacksonville in 2008 and two for Dallas last season. He has only four carries for 9 yards, plus one reception in his NFL career.
    -09-30-2010, 12:56 PM
  • OldSchoolRamFan
    Rams' Jackson expects to be full speed Sunday
    by OldSchoolRamFan
    ST. LOUIS -- Rams running back Steven Jackson spoke to the fans again Thursday but this time there was no discussion of ticket sales or the Edward Jones Dome atmosphere.
    Instead, Jackson wanted to reassure Rams fans that his sore groin is fine and he will be at full speed Sunday when St. Louis meets Buffalo.
    "My groin is fine. ... Sunday it won't be a problem," Jackson said. "I practiced today. I practiced yesterday. Just being able to practice is quite different than last year when I was unable to do anything."
    Jackson, of course, is referring to Sept. 23, 2007, when he injured his groin in a loss to Tampa Bay. That injury cost him the next four games and nearly prevented him from reaching 1,000 yards rushing for the third consecutive season.
    Soon after Jackson missed parts of Wednesday's practice because of the groin soreness that began to plague him Sunday night after the loss to Seattle, there were questions about Jackson's ability to play through the pain.
    That's why Jackson felt compelled to let everyone know he's healthy and ready to carry a full load against the Bills.
    "I'm going to go out there and play hard and it's not going to be an excuse if we win or lose or however I perform," Jackson said.
    Officially, Jackson is listed as limited participation on the injury report, but he participated in more portions of practice Thursday than Wednesday. The only difference for Jackson is being in a huddle with Trent Green handling quarterback duties instead of Marc Bulger.
    Bulger has been Jackson's quarterback in each of his four seasons in the league and though injuries have separated the two at times, Bulger and Jackson have a good relationship.
    "Playing with Marc for a number of years now, it's going to be a little difficult, it's going to be different," Jackson said. "I have got to get used to the snap count, the play calling."
    While Jackson was making sure everyone knew his groin injury isn't serious and that he'll be ready for Sunday's game, defensive end Leonard Little was quietly making his return.
    Little injured his hamstring in the season opener against Philadelphia and has been inactive the past two games. But Little completed a full practice for the first time since the preseason and coach Scott Linehan believes there's a good chance his top defensive end will be back against Buffalo.
    "I'm really positive with his progress," Linehan said. "I wasn't sure last week. This week we just want to be a little conservative about it, but after two good days, it's been nice and warm out here and that helps. He seems to be really doing well."
    Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
    This story is from's automated news wire.
    -09-26-2008, 12:36 PM
  • RamWraith
    Rams running back Steven Jackson back on sideline
    by RamWraith
    By Bill Coats
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Steven Jackson’s quest to get back into the lineup for Sunday’s game at San Francisco has hit a snag. After taking about half the reps in practice Wednesday, Jackson was in sweats and watching from the sideline when practice began Thursday at Rams Park. After a few minutes Jackson went inside, presumably to get treatment on his ailing thigh muscle.

    Apparently the injury didn’t respond well after Wednesday’s workout. We’ll talk with Jackson after practice.

    All for now . . . more later.
    -11-13-2008, 10:45 AM