ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 25: Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams runs as Paul Kruger #99 and Chris Carr #25 of the Baltimore Ravens come on to defend at the Edward Jones Dome on September 25, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
The St. Louis Rams can't afford to sit Steven Jackson for another week—which is good news for owners who've had to trawl the fantasy football waiver wire all month.
Steven Jackson owners have been trawling the fantasy football waiver wire for nearly the entire season—first with Cadillac Williams, then with any old available running back after Williams briefly seemed as questionable as Jackson. But after Jackson's limited play in the St. Louis Rams' loss to the Baltimore Ravens it looks like Week 4 might be the Sunday where their search is finally over.
The Rams still gave Williams the bulk of their carries, but Jackson looked uninhibited by the quad injury that's dogged him all year when he was on the field, and given the Rams' many and varied problems through three weeks of the 2011 season I can't imagine Jackson allowing the Rams to ease him in for another week.
Cadillac Williams has been adequate in Jackson's absence—fellow backup Jerious Norwood has just been invisible—but Jackson has the potential to give this offense another dimension, one that might keep the Washington Redskins from just waiting for Sam Bradford to throw bullets downfield at Brandon Gibson, Danario Alexander, and Mike Sims-Walker. They can't afford to not give him a shot.