Falcons’ Steven Jackson could be out 2- 4 weeks with thigh injury
“It’s short term,” Smith told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Don’t know if that’s two or three weeks.”
Jackson suffered the thigh injury after making a an 8-yard touchdown catch during the first quarter of Atlanta Falcons’ 31-24 win over the St. Louis Rams Sunday night. He did not return in the game.
While the Falcons have officially listed Jackson as “week-to-week”, a source told with knowledge of the situation told Ian Rapoport of NFL.com that 10-year pro might miss 2-4 weeks. This means Jackson’s recovery could stretch out possibly through most of October, which covers the Falcons’ next three games. That should lead the Falcons into the bye week, giving Jackson another week to rest up his thigh injury.
The Falcons play the Miami Dolphins on coming Sunday, before hosting the New England Patriots next week and the New York Jets the following, all the way leading up to the Week 6 bye. If Jackson is healthy by then, he should be good to go when the Falcons host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Oct. 20.
The Falcons brought in Jackson this March to bolster their running game. In two games this season, Jackson totaled 77 rushing yards on 14 attempts while making six catches for 53 yards and a touchdown. In his absence, Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling will likely split the backfield duties, though they won’t be able to replace Jackson’s production individually or as a tandem. The duo combined for just 36 rushing yards on 13 carries against the Rams last week, although Snelling also had a touchdown.
However, the running game won’t be the Flacons’ only concern this week as the team has been hit hard with injuries on both sides of the ball since early on in the season. Sunday’s win against the Rams ended up being too costly for the Falcons who also lost key starters in the game. Defensive end Kroy Biermann (Achilles) and fullback Bradie Ewing (shoulder) were placed on the IR Monday, with season-ending injuries. Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon also landed on the short-term IR today, which means he’ll miss the next eight weeks. Cornerback Asante Samuel tweaked his thigh in the Week 2 win, while running receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White have also been playing through injuries.