RB Steven Jack­son re­turns to Fal­cons’ prac­tice

The Covington News - - WORLD -

FLOW­ERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Steven Jack­son prac­ticed on Mon­day for the first time in al­most a month, and Fal­cons coach Mike Smith said the run­ning back is on sched­ule to be play in At­lanta’s sea­son opener against New Or­leans.

Jack­son had not prac­ticed since July 28, when he hurt his right ham­string. There was added con­cern be­cause the run­ning back missed four games with a left ham­string in­jury last sea­son. Be­cause it was the pre­sea­son, the Fal­cons took a cau­tious ap­proach to Jack­son’s re­cov­ery.

Jack­son, who also had not been avail­able for in­ter­views since the in­jury, said Mon­day he always knew this ham­string in­jury was less se­ri­ous.

“I knew this in­jury was noth­ing like last year,” Jack­son said. “But at the same time, you have to lis­ten to your body. I wanted to make sure I did that. In the NFL sea­son, you don’t get time. This time I had time to make sure I was right.”

Jac­quizz Rodgers has started at run­ning back in At­lanta’s first three pre­sea­son games. An­tone Smith and rookie Devonta Free­man have been the top back­ups.

Smith would not say if Jack­son will play in the Fal­cons’ fi­nal pre­sea­son game at Jack­sonville on Thurs­day night. Some es­tab­lished starters are not ex­pected to play.

“In terms of what we’re go­ing to do with play­ing time, there will be some guys that will and there will be some guys that won’t,” Smith said.

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