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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Falcons Injury Update: Steven Jackson out till week one with hamstring injury

By on 7/31/2014 09:00:00 AM

Atlanta Falcons’ starting RB Steven Jackson injured his hamstring during Tuesday’s practice, leaving him sidelined till week one of the 2014 NFL season.

The news was first reported on twitter via Jay Adams, digital content manager for the Falcons.
Jackson’s most recent left hamstring injury comes just after he finished rehabbing his right hamstring, an injury that made him miss four games and kept Jackson from performing at a high level last season.

 According to Bleacher Report, “Jackson, 31, missed four games and was hampered throughout the 2013 season with hamstring problems. It's worth noting that this latest injury is to his left hamstring; Jackson injured his right last season. The three-time Pro Bowler had career lows in yardage (543) and yards per carry (3.5) while scoring six touchdowns in his first season with the Falcons.”

With Jackson now out, reports are coming out that say rookie RB Devonta Freeman will most likely take Jackson’s spot in the offense if Jackson doesn’t return soon.

The fourth-round selection rushed for 1,016 yards and 14 touchdowns with Florida State in 2013. Analysts have given high praise for Freeman due to not only his running ability, but also his ability to catch passes out of the backfield.

It will definitely be interesting to see how the rookie reacts to this opportunity and how well Jackson will bounce back week one without training camp or pre-season action under his belt.

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