Steven Jackson's performance has been a microcosm of the St. Louis Rams' season so far—occasionally brilliant, decidedly injury-prone and ultimately frustrating. The Rams' elder statesman ran 47 yards for a touchdown on their first offensive play from scrimmage, inaugurating what was supposed to be a high-powered Josh McDaniels-infused offense, before leaving almost immediately thereafter with a quad injury he sustained in the open field. Since then he hasn't practiced, and it's only by the grace of Cadillac Williams's impressive performance after he left that Rams fans aren't renting their garments and walking around in a state of mourning.
That said, the Rams have refused to count Jackson out, literally—he remains a game-time decision ahead of their Monday Night Football date with the New York Giants. With Cadillac Williams and Jerious Norwood in tow the Rams are in better shape to weather a Jackson-less week than they have been in years, but given their tough schedule this is almost a must-win game; if he's ready to play they'll use him however they can.