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Friday, August 29, 2014

Falcons Injury Update: Steven Jackson returns to practice


By on 8/29/2014 02:54:00 AM

Atlanta Falcons starting running back Steven Jackson returned to practice this week after missing the majority of the pre-season due to a hamstring injury.

The news was first reported on twitter via Jay Adams, digital content manager for the Falcons.
ESPN.com writer Vaughn McClure also tweeted about Jackson’s return to practice via twitter.
Not a mere month ago, Jackson’s fortunes looked bleak as he injured his ankle during practice. I reported the news right here on sports injury alert. In my article I stated, “Atlanta Falcons’ starting RB Steven Jackson injured his hamstring during Tuesday’s practice, leaving him sidelined till week one of the 2014 NFL season.”


After a three week hiatus, seeing Jackson back on the field practicing is a good sign.

What has been concerning for Jackson though, has been the recent success of Florida State rookie Devonta Freeman. In four preseason games, Freeman has been able to rush for 134 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries for a 4.2 yards per carry average. As well, Freeman has added 146 yards on 11 receptions.

For the Falcons, the fact that Freeman and Jackson will be starting the season healthy is a good thing. Jackson can supply the yards on the ground, while Freeman can add yards in the receiving game. It will be interesting on what the Falcons’ coaching staff decides, but it wouldn’t be out of the question to see Freeman in some regular season games early on in 2014.

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