Falcons running back Steven Jackson is expected to practice Wednesday, but his status for Week 8 remains unknown. The headaches for Jackson’s fantasy owners continue, as he is yet to live up to his high expectations.
Jackson suffered a setback last week while working to come back from a hamstring injury that has kept him sidelined since Week 3. Jackson’s injury issue has lasted much longer than expected and he has not been able to provide Falcons with the strong running game they envisioned when signing him prior to this season.
Jackson has just 77 yards on the ground, all of which came in their season opener against the New Orleans Saints. Jackson sustained the hamstring injury in his second game and Atlanta has been forced to rely on Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers. Without Jackson, the Falcons are running a one-dimensional pass-heavy offense, and defenses have adjusted accordingly.
The Falcons are struggling to win games due to the lack of a strong running game, leaving them 2-4 and in third place in the NFC South Division behind both the Saints and Panthers.
It is still yet to be determined whether or not Jackson will play in Week 8, which will depend on how practice goes in the days leading up to the contest. If healthy enough to get the start, Jackson should be seen as a RB2 until he proves he is healthy enough to put up substantial numbers.