Jackson Would Play if he Could

Rams running back Steven Jackson talked Thursday about how he feels, on if the second MRI showed anything different from the first one, on if he is planning on playing against Miami next week, on how he knows it is time to test his leg, on how frustrating it is to watch the Rams lose, and on if he thinks his injury is linked to his holdout earlier this season.

RB Steven Jackson
November 20, 2008

(On how he feels)
"It feels really good. Not traveling with the team and being able to stay back and rehab has really helped the leg calm down a lot. It feels really good. From my understanding, we are going to try to run Saturday and get a real tough workout in and back off on Sunday and see how it reacts. That is the game plan as of right now but the leg feels good."

(On if the second opinion he had confirmed that his injury is a strain)
"It is more severe and that is because we haven't given it time to rest. We are thinking with this week off, that it will respond in the right way and right now it is going to plan."

(On if the second MRI showed anything different from the first one)
"It is more severe then the original one we had for the Dallas game. They were led to believe it happened during the Arizona game and that is why I took the step backwards, trying to go out there a week early."

(On if he is planning on playing against Miami next week)
"My goal right now is just to be able to get back on the field and go from there. I have been staying with the game plans and preparing myself as if I am going to play Sunday. I have been doing that for the last three or four games that I have missed. Mentally, I am still sharp and I just want to be able to get a full week of practice for (Coach) Haslett and go from there in the last five games."

(On how he knows it is time to test his leg)
"You don't and I think that is really what has been dragging this injury out. It is one of those injuries that is hard to judge how hard to go or when to back off. I think that it has led to the frustration that I have had. I feel great and I have run and practice every week since the injury. But within a day or two, it goes back to square one."

(On how frustrating it is to watch the Rams lose)
"It definitely adds to the frustration that we are not winning and you can't really do anything about it. I think everyone understands that if I were able to play with any kind of pain, I would do so. I tried that in Arizona but I think that me not being able to perform at that level that I am capable of, that hurts my team. I think (RB) (Antonio) Pittman and the rest of the guys that have been taking the snaps and the carries have done a great job. He almost had 100 yards and if is would have been a close game, he would have reached that mark."

(On is he will be able to go full speed on Saturday)
"That is the plan. That is definitely what we are planning for. I am just working right now and looking forward to Saturday. I am hoping that everything goes well and I will be ready for Miami."

(On if he thinks his injury is linked to his holdout earlier this season)
"Coaches bring that up all the time and you try to go against the odds when you see a statistic that says that a guy is likely to become injured during a holdout year. Last year I did not have a holdout and I still came up hurt so I think the football season is long and gruesome. You have freak injuries like this because this injury wasn't from any hit; it was because my muscle gave away. I asked the doctor if there was anything that I could do to prevent it in the future and he said no. It is one of those things that if it happens, you have to rehab it correctly. If there is anything that I have learned from this injury it would be that if I feel good maybe I should give it another day or two."

(On if there are any training changes he plans on doing this off-season)
"I am definitely willing to explore all doors and all different kinds of training. I want to be the best at my position. I want to be on the best team in the National Football League and I hopefully want to lead the St. Louis Rams back to the Super Bowl and a playoff berth. If anyone has any suggestions that would be benefit me or any of my teammates, I am open to look into it."

(On if he would have a problem it the St. Louis Rams signed another running back in the offseason)
"The can bring in any running back and I am going to beat him out and I am not going to share my carries. I understand that they have to have an insurance policy but that is just my mentality."

(On if his injury bothers him when he walks)
"Walking around it is fine; it is just when I have to run and cut. That is when I have the problems."


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