- The Rams finished up Thursday’s day of preparation with very little change from Wednesday’s practice.
– One notable change came on the injury front where RB Steven Jackson went from not participating Wednesday to upgraded to limited on Thursday with what is being called a foot injury. The Rams, of course, are just resting Jackson to make sure he’s at full strength on Sundays.
– In the past three games, Jackson has rolled up 321 yards rushing, third best among all NFL running backs in that category. Along with that, he’s moved once again within striking distance of the 1,000-yard mark for the season. While 1,000 yards isn’t what it used to be, doing it in eight straight seasons would place Jackson in elite company with just five other backs in the history of the league. It’s a sign of continued production that does mean something to Jackson.
“I look at it as just being able to be consistent,” Jackson said. “Nine years ago, I had a very long conversation with (former Rams WRs) Torry (Holt) and Isaac (Bruce). They said that one of the keys to this game is just remaining consistent and being someone that the general manager and the head coach can always depend on. Once they gave me those words of wisdom, I kind of tried to hold on to it.”
– Jackson is just 276 yards away from reaching 1,000 again and is now in need of just 183 yards to hit the 10,000 mark for his career.
– In order to keep the run game rolling, Jackson will need to stare down long time nemesis/friend Patrick Willis, San Francisco’s outstanding middle linebacker. Matching up with Willis remains one of the things Jackson looks forward to most every year.
“It’s my favorite,” Jackson said. “I have the utmost respect for Patrick. He’s that person that, year-in and year-out, I use as my measuring stick on how I’m performing personally. The two of us have a great deal of respect for one another. We know that we’re going to play a clean game, but it’s going to be a tough game. I’m sure all week, he’s getting himself ready as well as I.”
– On the injury front, aside from Jackson, the Rams looked the same.
– WR Danny Amendola (foot), LB Mario Haggan (elbow), C Scott Wells (knee) and DE Robert Quinn (concussion) again did not participate.
– Rams assistant head coach Dave McGinnis said there is still “plenty” of time for Quinn to get healthy for Sunday. If Quinn can’t go, the starting duties could go to Eugene Sims, a job McGinnis believes Sims is capable of handling.
“Eugene’s a good player,” McGinnis said. “He’s done nothing but develop extremely well under Mike Waufle. I think he’s done a tremendous job. Eugene is a guy that’s very valuable to this team.”
– Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said Wells is being rested with the goal of having him ready for Sunday. As for Amendola, it’s likely going to be a repeat of last week with Amendola testing the injured foot before the game and a decision being made right before it starts.
“I think so,” Schottenheimer said “He’s hard to keep off the field. He loves to play. Again, I know he’s doing everything he can to get back. Boy, he made a couple great plays for us last week to help us, kind of ignite us in that second quarter.”
– That’s all for today. Thanks for reading.
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