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    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 week and last.

    "When you don't practice, you've got to really double up on the mental part of it," Shurmur said. "He's terrific in the meetings, (watching) out here for the practice and the walk-throughs. He's getting all the mental stuff, and I know in the training room he's getting the physical part."


    After missing the first practice of his career Wednesday because of a sprained knee, C Jason Brown returned to practice Thursday with the starting unit. Brown was listed as participating on a limited basis only, but got plenty of work.

    RG Richie Incognito (foot) and LB James Laurinaitis (shoulder) also took regular turns with their units. ... RT Jason Smith (concussion) and FB Mike Karney (neck) did not practice and appear certain to miss their second consecutive game Sunday. ... WR Danny Amendola fell on his hip in an end-zone collision Thursday with CB Jonathan Wade but returned to take a few repetitions at the end of practice.

  • #2
    Re: Jackson says he'll pay fine

    Hope Danny can play on sunday, seems like he is our most consitent Receiver


    • #3
      Re: Jackson says he'll pay fine

      The no fun league has been around a long time, attempting to stop all celebrations and showboating. I would give the ball away to the fans if I were Jackson. At least some fan benefited from the TD. It was smart of Jackson to not roll the dice at that point of the game.

      Hope the players are feeling better by game time in a cold stadium.


      • #4
        Re: Jackson says he'll pay fine

        Good for that fan. Five grand is nothing to Jax.

        But five grand to me is my tuition! haha

        This league is starting to get lame to watch sometimes.


        • #5
          Re: Jackson says he'll pay fine

          Originally posted by Mooselini View Post
          Good for that fan. Five grand is nothing to Jax.

          But five grand to me is my tuition! haha
          ain't that the truth.... the money difference between us and them is HUGE!!!!


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            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."
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          • RamWraith
            Jackson feels good, but Rams are wary
            by RamWraith
            By Jim Thomas
            Thursday, Nov. 08 2007

            Jack is back ... again. But for how long?

            Running back Steven Jackson, known as "Jack" to his Rams teammates, was back on
            the practice field Wednesday. Afterward, he declared himself fit and ready to
            go Sunday in New Orleans.

            Although the Rams listed Jackson as "limited participation" in practice on
            their official injury report, Jackson said, "I went full-go. That's a huge

            Barring a setback during the practice week, Jackson will start against New
            Orleans, but he isn't expected to get a full workload.

            Jackson and the Rams went down a similar road two weeks ago, in preparation for
            the Oct. 28 contest against Cleveland. After missing four contests with a
            partially torn groin muscle, Jackson returned with a flair in the early going
            against the Browns.

            He carried eight times for 41 yards in the first quarter, scoring the Rams'
            first rushing touchdown of the season and logging his longest run of the season
            (22 yards). Sparked by Jackson's return, the Rams jumped to a 14-0 lead, the
            first time all season they had led by more than seven points.

            "He was a great spark for us," coach Scott Linehan said. "We hadn't been in
            that position all year, where we were up two scores early. That was our best
            quarter of football to this point of the season."

            But Jackson's back tightened up, causing him to leave the game for good late in
            the first quarter. The Rams' offensive energy gradually faded, as did their
            running game, and the Browns rallied for a 27-20 victory.

            The diagnosis originally was back spasms. When an MRI exam revealed Jackson
            actually had a bulging disc in his back, his reaction went beyond surprise.

            "I was very shocked," Jackson said. "I didn't think the injury was going to be
            that severe. We went in at halftime (against Cleveland) and started trying to
            loosen it up. I should've known it was something serious when it just wouldn't
            quite act right."

            Over the bye week, the plan was to have Jackson try some oral medication. If
            that didn't work, injecting medication into the affected area would be next.

            "A lot of the experts were leaning towards injecting the disc, and I kind of
            shied away from that," Jackson said. "I wanted to allow it to take the natural
            course. I did a lot of praying on it, and I just wanted to kind of stay away
            from the needle."

            Apparently, his back responded well enough to the pills that Jackson won't need
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          • r8rh8rmike
            Jackson Expecting Heavier Workload
            by r8rh8rmike
            Jackson expecting heavier workload

            BY JIM THOMAS
            Thursday, September 29, 2011

            There are no ifs, ands or buts about it this week, St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson is playing Sunday against Washington and is hoping for a bigger workload.

            "Absolutely," Jackson said after practice Thursday. "I'm definitely hoping that last week to this week will change drastically in my playing time. But ultimately we've got to do what's best for the team and whatever the game situation presents. I'm definitely preparing myself to be out there quite a bit."

            Coach Steve Spagnuolo said Jackson's thigh injury isn't 100 percent healthy, but Jackson has practiced at least on a limited basis both Wednesday and Thursday with no ill effects.

            "I've been able to practice all week, so that's having things go in the right direction," Jackson said. "I'll continue to take one day at a time and continue to prepare mentally and physically at the same capacity as if it was Week 1."

            Running back Cadillac Williams (hamstring) was also limited Thursday, but also is expected to play Sunday.


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          • Nick
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            by Nick
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            BY BILL COATS | Posted: Sunday, August 1, 2010 12:20 am

            When you're face to face with an 18-foot great white shark, suddenly the prospect of NFL defenders slamming into you at full speed doesn't seem quite so daunting.

            Not to play down the hard knocks that running back Steven Jackson takes while toting the ball for the Rams. But he saw a different kind of violence during a shark-cage dive last month off the coast of Capetown, South Africa.

            "It was pretty amazing, to see great whites up close and personal," Jackson said. "I actually witnessed one hunting and devouring a seal. That was pretty nerve-wracking. ... It makes you forget about the cold, icy water, I'll tell you that."

            Jackson said only one thought went through his mind when the 18-footer appeared. "I was hoping that he didn't ram the cage," he said. "But I think the scariest thing is not seeing the shark; it's when he disappears into the murky water.

            "It didn't help that I was watching 'Shark Week' the whole week going into it."

            Jackson's trip also included a safari in Botswana, side trips to Namibia and Zambia, plus three World Cup soccer games. He brought home three vuvuzelas, the plastic horns that fans tooted throughout the contests, creating a ubiquitous buzz.

            Jackson said he never mastered them. "Those things are hard to blow," he said.

            Vacation time is over now, though. Jackson and his 79 teammates were put through their paces for 1 hour, 45 minutes Saturday afternoon in the first full-squad practice of training camp.

            Jackson, who had surgery in April to repair a herniated disc in his back, was nearly a full participant. On the first snap of 11-on-11 "team" drills, he took a handoff from quarterback A.J. Feeley and burst around left end for a nice gain.

            "We don't want to jump out there too quick and have him set back," coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "But I was encouraged."

            Jackson was injured Nov. 22 against Arizona. He was held out of practice for the rest of the season, but he still managed to play in five of the last six games for the 1-15 Rams.

            "The last five, six weeks of the season was pretty painful," Jackson acknowledged. "But being able to fight through that pain and still be somewhat productive, I think I proved a lot to myself."

            Jackson finished with 1,416 rushing yards, the second-highest total of his six NFL seasons. He also caught 51 passes for 322 yards and was named to his second Pro Bowl.

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          • r8rh8rmike
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            “I think it’s one of those things that we on the field have become so conscious of and so uptight about it, that it’s backfired on us,” Jackson said Thursday.

            Jackson took responsibility for one of the fumbles last week when he missed connections on a handoff from Kyle Boller(notes). He has two lost fumbles thus far, so this week his strategy has been one of under-emphasis.

            “I’m going to go back to my regular routine of just playing loose and being myself and being a playmaker,” Jackson said. “I’ve never had a fumbling problem, knock on wood, and I don’t think it’ll be a problem.”

            The Rams have scored 34 points all season, lowest in the NFL. They made a lot of progress last week with a season-high 400 yards in total offense, only to be undone by the mistakes.

            Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said ball security is discussed multiple times every day, on the practice field, in meetings, after practice when reviewing game and practice tape.

            Eventually, the Rams expect it will pay off.

            “We’ll point out any and all ball-handling issues,” Shurmur said. “You usually get what you emphasize.”

            Better late than never, players believe they’re grasping the finer points of the new West Coast offense. Jackson is the focal point but several players have been getting more involved. Donnie Avery(notes) had five catches, including a 27-yard touchdown, in his best game of the season and three others caught five passes apiece.

            If the production continues with Marc Bulger(notes) back as the starting quarterback this week, it might mean more space for Jackson. He’s been impressed with the team attitude, with players following coach Steve Spagnuolo’s credo to never look back.

            “Guys around here feel like we’ve been putting in a lot of hard work for a long time and on Sunday things are not coming together,” Jackson said. “I think a lot of guys are selling out in practice more than we had before.

            “I think Sunday proved to a lot of us that we can play with a very talented team, and we showed spurts of really effective football.”
            -10-16-2009, 12:53 PM