NFL fantasy football: Steven Jackson not retiring

Jackson end retirement rumors: Just a few days ago, St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson suggested that 2012 could be his final season. Apparently that was a false alarm. Following Sunday’s season-ending loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the veteran rusher told reporters that he’ll be back for a 10th season. Few backs have been as durable as Jackson over the past decade, even if his production has declined in recent seasons. But as a free agent, there is a legitimate question as to whether or not he remains with the Rams. Certainly his fantasy value will be determined by where he lands for the 2013 season.

Cowboys stars injured: The Dallas Cowboys had plenty of injury added to the insult of their season-ending loss to the rival Washington Redskins. Tony Romo suffered a cracked rib, Dez Bryant left the game with back spasms and Miles Austin incurred a high ankle sprain. It definitely has no impact on this season’s Playoff Challenge, but it is a reminder to fantasy owners about what to expect from these players. It’s easy to criticize Romo, but he has proven that he can play through injury. On the other hand, Austin has consistently missed games with various ailments. Meanwhile, Bryant falls somewhere in the middle — after all, he had a career game this season while dealing with a broken finger. All of this is is worth considering at draft time next year.

Packers RB situation in flux: Stop me if you’ve heard this one, but the Green Bay Packers are in search of a consistent running back. Coach Mike McCarthy says the team doesn’t “have a starting running back“, which isn’t what you want to hear if you’re DuJuan Harris or Ryan Grant. The Pack started five different tailbacks in 2012, including Cedric BensonJames Starks and Alex Green — yet had trouble keeping them healthy. Nonetheless, McCarthy’s evaluation of his own backfield situation should give you pause if you’re playing in the Playoff Challenge.

— Marcas Grant
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