Steven Jackson speaking to the media has been a rare occurrence this year, despite him being the marquee signing of the Falcons’ offseason.
That’s because the running back has been working his way through a hamstring injury that now has kept him out of four games this year. Jackson standing in front of microphones Wednesday, however, is as good as sign as you’ll get that the light is visible at the end of the tunnel of his recovery.
Jackson said Wednesday that things are progressing well and that he feels he can be effective on the field again.
“My leg’s been feeling a lot better,” Jackson said. “I’ve seen the doctor more times than I’d like to and, finally, he and I are on the same page. It’s been encouraging enough in the progress I’ve made to give it a go.”
Jackson will practice Wednesday, but Smith said Monday it would be in a limited role. Jackson also re-iterated that he won’t be pushing himself all that hard Wednesday, but will get a chance to test some things out to start the week of preparation.
Asked if he’d be ready to go for Sunday’s game against Arizona, he replied, “We’ll see.”
“The game is Sunday. I’m aware of that; the team’s aware of that,” Jackson said. “But at the same time, I’m here to make a difference and we’re going to see if I can do that.”