Falcons RB Steven Jackson exits game with thigh bruise
The injury occurred after Jackson scored the Falcons’ first touchdown on an eight-yard pass from quarterback Matt Ryan, to give his team a 7-0 lead over the Rams. Jackson went down after Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree tackled him just as he was getting in the end zone. Although there was nothing about Ogletree’s hit on Jackson, the veteran running back still seemed upset about it and gave Ogletree a little shove while he was getting up.
Jackson tried to momentarily stay in the game after the hit but he game up limping, and was eventually escorted to the locker room during the ensuing kickoff. Prior to the leaving the game, Jackson had three carries for zero yards. Last week against the New Orleans Saints, Jackson provided a steady presence to boost the Falcons running attack by contributing 77 yards on the ground to team’s offense (on 11 carries).
The 30-year-old’s thigh bruise could linger on into the upcoming weeks, but that’s a speculation at this point. However, if Jackson – who is serving as the Atlanta’s featured back – ends up missing time due to the thigh bruise it could be a huge setback to the Flacons’ offense since the team struggled to move the ball effectively on the ground over the last season.
In that scenario, the Falcons will likely turn to Jacquizz Rodgers, who will carry the load at running back until Jackson’s return. But while Jackson rushed for 1,000 yards in each of his last eight seasons, Rodgers amassed just 593 rushing yards since starting his NFL career with the Falcons in 2011.
In other injury news, Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (foot), defensive end Kroy Biermann (ankle), fullback Bradie Ewing (shoulder), cornerback Asante Samuel (thigh) and defensive end (Cliff Matthews (neck) also exited the first quarter with injury. Of them, only Matthews returned in the first half while Weatherspoon, Biermann, Ewing and Samuel were listed as questionable for the rest of the game.
Samuel aggravated a thigh injury he originally sustained in last week’s loss to the Saints. He was replaced by rookie Robert Alford in the first quarter against the Rams during Sunday’s game.