ST LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 25: Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams carries the ball upfield during the game against the Baltimore Ravens on September 25, 2011 at the Edward Jones Dome in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Steven Jackson looks healthy for Week 4's Rams vs. Redskins game after an injury-plagued start to the season.
Steven Jackson's injury might finally be in the rear-view: He looks ready to take a full slate of carries for the St. Louis Rams Sunday against the Washington Redskins after having practiced all week in the lead-up to their Week 4 contest. Turf Show Times thinks he could both serve as an interesting offensive weapon and increase the Rams' pass-protection in front of Sam Bradford, who's been chased by defenders on a regular basis in the first three weeks of the Rams' unproductive 2011 season.
Jackson suffered his quad injury after just two carries in Week 1, and played on a limited basis in Week 3. Altogether he's carried the ball six times for 79 yards—five times for 32 after his season-opening 47-yard touchdown run. In his absence Cadillac Williams has run the ball 50 times for 202 yards and 4.0 yards per carry, which would be his best average since 2005 if it were carried over a full season.
In the meantime, here's a possible cause of the Rams' intermittent offensive struggles—since that season-opening rushing touchdown, nobody on the Rams has scored a touchdown on the ground.