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Jackson had 14 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 56-14 win over the Buccaneers.
Jackson would normally get most of the carries with Atlanta protecting a lead, but the Falcons were ahead by so much that they pulled their starters in the third quarter. Jackson still got a team-high 14 totes, and he showed impressive determination on a two-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Antone Smith played well in garbage time, but none of the Atlanta running backs besides Jackson did much in the first half. Though he's still losing some snaps and touches to the guys behind him, Jackson remains the clear-cut top dog in the Atlanta backfield.
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Jackson had 11 carries for 46 rushing yards and one catch on one target for seven receiving yards Sunday against the Bengals.
The Falcons' offense really struggled Sunday and quarterback Matt Ryan was forced to throw 44 times versus the 19 total rushing attempts the team had (16 without Ryan's three). The good news for Jackson's fantasy owners is that he continues to dominate the touches out of the backfield, as Jacquizz Rodgers had only five carries and Davonte Freeman didn't even have one. Up next is a Week 3 matchup against the Bucs, who allowed 119 rushing yards to the Rams in Week 2.
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Jackson (hamstring) had 12 carries for 52 yards in Sunday's thrilling 37-34 overtime win against New Orleans. He also had just one catch (three targets) for zero yards.
Jackson led the team in rushing attempts and yards, but saw Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith each score a touchdown. Even rookie Davonta Freeman made some key plays, touching the ball four times for 33 yards. Expect Jackson to lead the ground attack most of the time, but it looks like Atlanta's running back situation is going to be a headache for fantasy owners, as each of the top four runners bring something different to the table. On a positive note, the hamstring injury that dogged Jackson for most of the preseason didn't seem to be a hindrance Sunday.
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Jackson (hamstring) wasn't listed on the Falcons' injury report Wednesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Coach Mike Smith has deemed his squad "healthy," which includes Jackson and his recovered hamstring. After missing the entire preseason slate due to injury, there may be some rust evident initially, but Sunday's opponent, the Saints, ranked fifth-worst by allowing 4.6 YPC last season. Thus, there's a decent bet that the occasional seam opens for the veteran back.
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Jackson (hamstring) stated that he's in line to start Sunday against the Saints, the Falcons' official site reports. "I'm extremely excited for Week 1," he said. "It's been a training camp that I missed the majority of the time, but I've been working hard physically and mentally to prepare for this coming Sunday."
Early in training camp, Jackson suffered an injury to his left hamstring, which wiped away his presence from all four exhibitions. The fact that he was in uniform for the preseason finale was encouraging for his availability in Week 1, but his enthusiasm for the opener against a division rival can't be ignored. The release of Wednesday's injury report should confirm (or deny) his status.
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Jackson (hamstring) didn't play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Jaguars, the Associated Press reports.
Though Jackson, who is bouncing back from a hamstring injury, was in uniform for the game, he didn't play. The same applies to key Falcons such as Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Julio Jones and Harry Douglas. We'll track Jackson's status in practice next week, but the veteran back is thought to be on track to be available to the team in Week 1.
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Jackson (hamstring) is in uniform for Thursday's preseason finale against the Jagaurs.
It remains to be seen how much, if any, action Jackson sees Thursday, but that fact that he's in uniform after having returned to practice this week is a positive indicator with regard to his potential Week 1 status.
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Jackson (hamstring) returned to practice Monday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Jackson has been sidelined since injuring his right hamstring back on July 29th. However, following an increase in his rehab last week, the veteran running back was finally able to re-join his teammates for the final week of preseason practice. Although Falcons' coach Mike Smith hasn't ruled Jackson out for Thursday's last exhibition outing, it wouldn't be surprising if the 31-year-old took another advantage of another rest opportunity. No matter, Jackson figures to be ready by Atlanta's Week 1 opener, which could result in him sharing touches with Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonte Freeman out of the Falcons' backfield.
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Coach Mike Smith expects Jackson (hamstring) to be ready for the Falcons' regular season opener, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Meanwhile, Jackson did some work off to the side Wednesday, but at this stage, there is still no timetable for the running back's return to practice, despite continued optimism with regard to his Week 1 status.
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Jackson (hamstring) worked out on the side during Monday's practice, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
While prospective fantasy owners would no doubt like to see Jackson get back into the practice groove sooner rather than later, in an article posted Monday projecting the Falcons' 53-man roster to start the season, ESPN's Vaughn McClure suggested encouragingly that Jackson appears almost ready to return from his hamstring injury.