Tag:Kenneth Darby
Posted on: September 29, 2010 3:21 pm

Big names not practicing today, part II

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Rams RB Steven Jackson – who strained his groin during Sunday’s win vs. Washington – didn’t practice today, and he told ESPN 101 radio (via sportsradiointerviews.com) in St. Louis this morning that he’s day to day.

“I just got split like a wishbone,” he told the radio station. “That’s pretty much the only way you could describe it. … Soft tissue injuries are day-to-day and week-to-week. Anytime around the league you see a guy having a soft tissue thing, it’s really based on that guy and how fast he recovers. The first step today, and probably will be the rest of the week, is to get the swelling out of there. That’s why you do a lot of icing still, and I’ve got to keep my leg elevated when I’m not doing something.”

Jackson doesn’t know if he’ll play this Sunday vs. Seattle, but he also said that if the game had playoff implications, he’d be on the field and give it his best shot. Let’s face it, that won’t be a problem, because St. Louis won’t play any games with playoff implications any time in the near future.

If Jackson – who rushed 10 times for 58 yards before leaving last week’s game – can’t play, expect Kenneth Darby and Keith Toston (who’s playing with a shoulder injury) to share his carries.

Other notable NFL players not practicing:

- Andre Johnson – As Rapid Reporter Matt Rybaltowski writes, the Houston WR's ankle is improving. That’s from the mouth of coach Gary Kubiak: “He didn’t do anything (today), but he didn’t do anything last Wednesday either.”

- Knowshon Moreno – It doesn’t appear likely the Broncos RB and his bum hamstring will play this weekend against Tennessee, writes the Denver Post. That means Denver will continue to use new acquisition Laurence Maroney.

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 1:11 pm

The Rams really need Steven Jackson to be ready

S. Jackson is expected to be cleared in time for training camp (Getty). Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said Tuesday he expects RB Steven Jackson to be ready to begin training camp Thursday. But Jackson, who underwent surgery in April to repair a herniated disc in his back, still will have to be cleared by a team doctor before he can take the field for the first time since last year.

“He feels great," Spagnuolo told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . "Probably only because it's a back (injury), we'll tread lightly. But I think he'll do most everything."

The Rams probably will take it easy with Jackson in regards to preseason games – not that Jackson plays much in exhibition contests, anyway – but Spagnuolo expects Jackson to be ready to go for the start of the regular season.

Without Jackson, the Rams offense could struggle to produce. Assuming Sam Bradford wins the quarterback job, he’ll be a rookie starting in his first season in the NFL. That likely won’t be a pretty picture. Kenneth Darby and Chris Ogbonnaya, the backups to Jackson at RB, have very little experience, and the receiving corps is not exactly filled with big names.

"We want to get (Jackson) ready,” Spagnuolo said. “He wants to go, and he wants to be ready. And we'll have him ready for the opening game.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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