It appears at long last that Falcons running back Steven Jackson may be on track to return to the field this Sunday when Atlanta travels to the desert to take on the Arizona Cardinals. As first reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Jackson says he has every intention of playing in Arizona.
UPDATE: Falcons head coach Mike Smith says Steven Jackson is up to almost a full workload in practice, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
In terms of limited, (Jackson and Chase Coffman) had more snaps than they had yesterday. That was the plan. Try to ramp them up. The first day, they were very limited. Today, I would say it was almost a full load for (those two) guys today.
Jackson was listed as probable after Friday’s practice.
‘Action’ Jackson has been out of action since leaving in the early goings of the Falcons’ Week 2 victory over St. Louis. Atlanta’s run game has struggled since then. Jackson was a key offseason signing of the Falcons and they were hoping for more out of him than this. He still has the chance to salvage a large part of the season and should be healthy, as Jackson stated that he won’t return until he feels 100 percent.
This is a big opportunity for the Falcons to become relevant again, coming off a victory against the lowly Bucs last week. In that contest, the Falcons were able to dictate the game through their passing attack. Getting Steven Jackson back on track could really bolster their running game. It’s also an opportunity to build a balanced attack for the ailing Atlanta offense, who may be without receiver Roddy White for another week.