– The Rams just finished up their Thursday practice and RB Steven Jackson did not participate for the second day in a row.
– Joining Jackson as non-participants: DT Michael Brockers (ankle), DT Matt Conrath (knee), LT Rodger Saffold (knee), S Matt Daniels (hamstring) and FB Brit Miller (thigh).
– The good news on the injury front was the return of OT Wayne Hunter. Hunter was a limited participant but having him back was a nice boost for the ailing O line.
– When Hunter wasn’t taking reps, Ty Nsekhe continued to get some work with the first team.
– Back to Jackson, the guy who most people are wondering about.
– Coach Jeff Fisher made it clear that there is no hard and fast rule in his regime in terms of having to practice to play. It’s likely that Jackson will be a gametime decision but Fisher will allow latitude for Jackson to rest the groin as long as possible before a decision has to be made.
– For the record, if Jackson can’t go, Fisher is confident in rookie RB Daryl Richardson and said the offense won’t have to change any to accommodate him. Likewise, Fisher indicated that Isaiah Pead and Terrance Ganaway would be ready and up to speed enough to work in the rotation as well.
– From Jackson’s point of view, he said he has played through worse injuries but wants to be smart. He’s pointed out that with Richardson showing so well and earning the trust of all involved, he doesn’t feel the weight of the world on his shoulders to play. He of course wants to play but he’s going to wait to see how it improves in the next three days.
“It’s day to day,” Jackson said. “The injury is not as significant as we once thought it was. I still have another three days before the game so each and every day buys me time.”
– Also, Jackson discussed the play where he initially suffered the groin injury, a 20-yard run in the second quarter that came a handful of plays before the spiking incident.
“It happened on that particular run right there,” Jackson said. “It was just another freak deal. We have been in this situation before; groins, quads, they’re things that tend to bother me from time to time. I’m not bothered by it, I’m not depressed by it. I’m looking forward to seeing how I feel on Sunday. Coach Fisher has given me the chance to still be able to play so we’ll continue to take care of myself and see what happens on Sunday.”
– Back tomorrow with a Friday wrap up. Thanks for reading. Be sure to check out the story on the Rams’ new look special teams on the home page. Also, will have a notebook chock full of stuff for you to chew on, including responses to Washington QB Robert Griffin III’s implication that the Rams played dirty last week.
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