The St. Louis Rams held RB Steven Jackson out of practice on Thursday to rest his ailing thigh injury, leaving coach Jim Haslett pessimistic that his star running back would be healthy enough to face the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Jackson practiced with the Rams on Monday and worked on conditioning Tuesday, but “looked bad” on film during Wednesday’s session, according to Haslett, and lacked explosiveness while running.
“Yeah and I doubt if it’ll happen to be honest with you, but we’ll see,” Haslett said when asked if Jackson would have to prove he is ready to play before Sunday. “You never know.”
Jackson, who described his leg as “a little swollen and a little stiff” will attempt to practice again on Friday. He added that two different MRI exams have shown “mainly swelling and inflammation” but no tear.
“It kind of took a step backwards so we wanted to see what a day off would do,” said Jackson. “I have been doing all that I can do with rehabbing and leg strengthening and now we just have to let it take its course. It really felt good to be out there and practice with the team and get a look at San Francisco but certain things are out of my hands at this point. Whatever I can do, I am trying to do.”
Antonio Pittman will start if Jackson is unable to play.