The Atlanta Falcons are once again working up a game plan that will NOT include running back Steven Jackson. Jackson, who was originally slated to return from his week 2 thigh injury this week, still appears 2-3 weeks away from game action as the team revealed the thigh injury suffered was actually a hamstring issue.
Reports out of Atlanta are also saying the team is prepared to be without Jackson until after their Week 6 bye.
This news comes as a surprise to most fantasy owners as Jackson has been known to be remarkably durable back throughout his career. He has fought through injuries a multitude of times and has played in 12 or more games in each of his first 9 seasons in the league. It appears that streak may be in jeopardy with this most recent setback.
For anyone who owns Jackson, they will now have to look for a more permanent replacement for the next three weeks. Jackson’s backups, Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling, are both viable fill-ins as both saw a lot of action last week against the Miami Dolphins. Rodgers received a majority of the carries (18 to Snellings’s 11), but both were involved in the passing game as well. Other waiver wire options include the Jets Bilal Powell or the Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell. So, plan ahead until Jackson’s week 7 return.