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    Jim Thomas:

    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 — 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.

  • #2
    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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    • #3
      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.
      Always and Forever a fan of the St. Louis Rams

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        IS the site having maintenance issues? Im not getting things threads to appear and having a lot of technical issues with this site only.
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          whats up with the site?
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            Originally posted by Fettmaster View Post
            whats up with the site?
            I imagine a lot of us would like to know .. It's been out of whack for at least a couple of days now .. Dez where are you man ???!!?? Help !!!!

            Can't even preview a post anymore .. oh well .. just have to hang in there and hope I guess ..
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              I imagine a lot of us would like to know .. It's been out of whack for at least a couple of days now .. Dez where are you man ???!!?? Help !!!!

              Can't even preview a post anymore .. oh well .. just have to hang in there and hope I guess .. Heck can't even post at all ..
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                Originally posted by MauiRam View Post
                I imagine a lot of us would like to know .. It's been out of whack for at least a couple of days now .. Dez where are you man ???!!?? Help !!!!

                Can't even preview a post anymore .. oh well .. just have to hang in there and hope I guess .. Heck can't even post at all ..
                site is switching servers, be patient.
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                • #9
                  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.

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                  • #10
                    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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                    • Nick
                      Steven Jackson ready after offseason adventures
                      by Nick
                      Steven Jackson ready after offseason adventures
                      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.

                      Because he missed all the spring drills while rehabbing, Jackson hadn't stepped onto a football field since the season finale vs. San Francisco on Jan. 3. He weathered Saturday's practice without problems.

                      ...
                      -08-01-2010, 08:03 AM
                    • MauiRam
                      Rams RB Steven Jackson preparing for heavy workload ..
                      by MauiRam
                      BY JIM THOMAS Thursday, August 12, 2010 12:05 am

                      For Steven Jackson, the tone has softened but the message hasn't really changed. The two-time Pro Bowler still doesn't see an overwhelming need for veteran backup help in the Rams' backfield.

                      "Having a veteran at this point of the game now, I don't know if it's as big a concern as everyone is making it to be," Jackson said Wednesday. "I feel great physically. The younger guys are coming along just fine. And if we continue to stay healthy, I don't think it'll be a concern."

                      Which is a far cry from Jackson's thoughts on the subject in November 2008: "They can bring in any running back. I'm going to beat him out and I'm not going to share my carries. I understand that they have to have an insurance policy, but that's just my mentality."

                      Make no mistake, Jackson still wants to carry the load at running back. Sam Bradford may be the team's franchise quarterback, but Jackson remains the franchise back.

                      But while the rest of the team prepares for Saturday's preseason opener against Minnesota, the only date circled on Jackson's calendar is Sept. 12 — the regular-season opener against Arizona.

                      Jackson isn't expected to play against the Vikings. But he remains on course for Sept. 12 and has increased his practice workload.

                      "He's stepped it up a little more this week," coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "And that was part of the plan — get a few more reps."

                      This has been a different sort of training camp for Jackson. After back surgery to repair a herniated disk in April, Jackson was so excited to be back on the field that he prepared for the first practice (July 31) as if it were game day.

                      "This offseason I really emphasized making sure that the back was secure," Jackson said. "I built up the muscles in my core (torso) to make sure that I can go out and play just like I have in years past. I didn't want it to be a nagging injury, and I didn't want this to play mind games with me, and feel like I had to be more timid."

                      When he gets that first handoff Sept. 12 against the Cardinals, Jackson wants to hold nothing back. With one month to go until opening day, Jackson believes he's on track.

                      "The back is fully healed," he said. "The football, the hitting ... I'm not worried about it. I'll be ready to go."

                      By design, Jackson sat out Saturday's scrimmage at Lindenwood University. It's all part of the plan worked out in consultation with the coaching staff and head athletic trainer Reggie Scott.

                      Last week as camp opened, Jackson took minimal reps, although he took part in every drill. It wasn't a huge workload. The pace accelerated this week.

                      "I've ramped up my reps," Jackson said. "So we're going in the right direction....
                      -08-12-2010, 12:35 AM
                    • RamWraith
                      Ackson denies holdout caused injury
                      by RamWraith
                      From Profootballtalk

                      STEVEN JACKSON DENIES HOLDOUT CAUSED INJURY
                      Posted by Josh Alper on November 20, 2008, 8:18 p.m.

                      Steven Jackson, who will miss his fourth game in five weeks, took issue with the idea that his training camp holdout is to blame for his thigh injury. Jackson said that doctors told him that the injury was not preventable, despite Jim Haslett’s comments to the contrary.

                      “Coaches bring that up all the time and you try to go against the odds when you see a statistic that says that a guy is likely to become injured during a holdout year,” Jackson said. “Last year I did not have a holdout and I still came up hurt so I think the football season is long and gruesome. You have freak injuries like this because this injury wasn’t from any hit; it was because my muscle gave way. I asked the doctor if there was anything that I could do to prevent it in the future and he said no. It is one of those things that if it happens, you have to rehab it correctly. If there is anything that I have learned from this injury it would be that if I feel good maybe I should give it another day or two.”

                      Jackson was hurt late in the October 19th game against the Cowboys and came back to play against the Cardinals on November 2nd. He carried seven times for 17 yards and then sat most of the second half when the injury flared up again.

                      Jackson said he would follow Haslett’s advice and work with strength and conditioning coaches in the offseason and also said it was peachy with him if the Rams brought in another back to serve as insurance.

                      “You can bring in any running back and I’m going to beat him out, and I’m not going to share my carries,” Jackson said. “I understand they have to have an insurance policy, but that’s just my mentality.”
                      -11-21-2008, 05:22 AM
                    • Varg6
                      Jackson clears up surgery...
                      by Varg6
                      Per Mike Sando, ESPN.


                      Jackson cleared up a few details Tuesday when meeting with reporters in St. Louis:


                      He met with three specialists and none said surgery was a must, but the injury wasn't healing all that well on its own. Jackson knew he needed to have the surgery in April if he hoped to be on the field for training camp, with an eye toward being ready for the regular season.

                      Jackson underwent surgery April 15. Recovery time is projected at 6-8 weeks.

                      Jackson is now focusing on strengthening core muscles.

                      Jackson's conditioning routines include lots of time in a swimming pool.

                      The surgery alleviated nerve pain.

                      The injury prevented him from making "certain moves and certain plays" late last season. Nerve pain proved tougher to deal with than pain associated with other injuries he has endured.


                      Jackson does not remember injuring his back on any one play. "I guess you could say I just woke up Monday morning and I just all of a sudden had a back problem."

                      In other Rams injury news, guard Jacob Bell underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday. The team expects him back in 4-6 weeks.

                      Having Jackson on the sideline through organized team activities and minicamps will let the Rams more fully evaluate potential backups. The team appears thin at the position. Practicing without Jackson should only make the Rams more aware of what they're missing without him.

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                      Good news.
                      -05-18-2010, 02:38 PM
                    • RamFan_Til_I_Die
                      Steven Jackson likes what he's seeing in Rams' offseason moves
                      by RamFan_Til_I_Die
                      Steven Jackson likes what he's seeing in Rams' offseason moves
                      Running back says team has gone out and got him help
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                      ST. LOUIS -- Steven Jackson feels the St. Louis Rams finally have the pieces in place to be a power running team.

                      The Rams added fullback Mike Karney, center Jason Brown and blocking tight end Billy Bajema in free agency, and then took Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

                      "They've also made decisions in the draft and free agency to help me out," Jackson said during the team's involuntary minicamp Friday. "That's the biggest thing. You just don't want to throw it all on one guy, and don't give him anything to work with. I think in free agency and the draft, the things that needed to be addressed were addressed.'"

                      Though it might look that way, Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said he's not trying to build the offense around Jackson.

                      "I would never build it around one person," Spagnuolo said. "He's certainly a big part of it, but it is a team thing. I'm a firm believer that in order to win in this league, you have to have good linemen, and that's offensively and defensively. It just so happens we got two offensive guys."

                      Jackson is hoping a new fullback and a revamped offensive line will help him prove that he's the best running back in the NFL.

                      "Being the best running back is really just a matter of opinion," Jackson said. "I still think I am the best. Fullback, tackle, center -- these are the guys who are going to help me prove what I've been saying for years.

                      "I have to continue to work to hard, and at the end of my career, at the end of the day, we'll see where I'm at. Right now, I believe Steven Jackson is the best."

                      The Rams ranked 25th in the NFL in rushing last season, but Jackson was able to gain 1,042 despite missing four games because of an injury.

                      Jackson has rushed for 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons, and this year he'll be trying to join Eric Dickerson as the only Rams running backs to accomplish the feat in four straight seasons.

                      As far as the areas where he's looking to improve, Jackson said he's focusing on the "little things."

                      "In this league, the little things separate the guys who go to the Pro Bowl, the guys who end up in Canton (home of Pro Football Hall of Fame)," Jackson said. "You have to continue to work on your route running, continue to anticipate your run reads, you have to make sure you're not giving the defenses a key on something because Sunday there is no time to think, it's just reaction."

                      Jackson said he has tried to build a camaraderie with 5-foot-11, 255-pound Karney.

                      "We've been to dinner a couple...
                      -05-03-2009, 08:42 AM
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