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As expected, Jackson (quad) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

Jackson, so good for so long, has been on just one playoff team (the 2004 Rams) in his entire career, but if he is to get to the postseason again, his teammates will have to get him there with him watching from the sidelines. Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman will handle the rushing duties for the Falcons.

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Jackson (quad) is not expected to play Sunday against the Panthers, NFL Network's Albert Breer reports.

We'll verify Jackson's status as Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff approaches, but in his expected absence, Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman would be in line to head the Falcons' Week 17 rushing attack.

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Jackson (quad) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

The Falcons aren't ready to rule Jackson out for Week 17 just yet, but he did not practice at all this week, so his chances of playing are not favorable. If Jackson is unable to go Sunday, Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman would split the running back duties for the Falcons in some fashion.

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Jackson (quad) did not participate in Friday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Jackson has not been able to practice at all this week, which points to him sitting out Sunday as expected. The Falcons will provide an official update on Jackson's health following Friday's practice.

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Jackson (quadriceps) wasn't present at Thursday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

With another absence from drills behind him, Jackson is upholding the belief that he'll take a seat Sunday versus the Panthers. If the preceding comes to fruition, Devonta Freeman is in line to earn the start, while Jacquizz Rodgers would likely remain in a complementary role.

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Jackson (quadriceps) isn't expected to suit up Sunday against the Panthers, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Because coach Mike Smith stated that recent pickup, running back Jerome Smith, will likely be active in Week 17, the Falcons' backfield would then feature three healthy options (also, Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman). If the preceding comes to pass, Jackson would take a seat with a potential home playoff tilt on the docket, if the Falcons can take down Carolina.

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Coach Mike Smith said Wednesday that he's hopeful Jackson (quadriceps) returns to practice before the week concludes, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Jackson failed to practice to begin the week of prep, even though reports indicated that the quad injury suffered this past Sunday wasn't severe. In any case, the absence may have been precautionary in nature, which should be confirmed, one way or the other, by the release of Friday's injury report. If he's at all limited (or sidelined) Sunday against the Panthers, Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers would aid the Falcons' quest for the NFC South division title.

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Jackson (quad) did not participate in Wednesday's practice, ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports.

Though previous reports suggested that the quad injury Jackson suffered in Week 16's game against the Saints isn't believed to be serious, it's worth noting that that the Falcons promoted running back Jerome Smith to their active roster on Wednesday, which could signal concern over Jackson's status for for Sunday's contest against the Panthers. In the event that he is limited or out this weekend, Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers would be in line to see added touches in Week 17.

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The quad injury Jackson suffered Sunday against the Saints is not believed to be serious, ESPN.com reports.

Per the report, Jackson should be available for this coming weekend's game against Carolina, which will determine the NFC South division title. Prior to suffering his injury Sunday, Jackson saw 11 snaps, running four times for nine yards and catching one pass for 14 yards. Assuming he is able to suit up in Week 17, however, it's plausible that he could lose some touches to Jacquizz Rodgers (who recorded 11 carries for 29 yards Sunday) and perhaps more likely, rookie Devonta Freeman, who ran five times for 36 yards -- including a 31-yard TD -- and caught three passes for 48 yards in Sunday's win.

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Jackson (quad) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's matchup against the Saints.

Jackson exited the game in the second quarter, and it looks like the Falcons won't be taking any chances with his return. Look for a combination of Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman to take over in the Atlanta backfield for the remainder of the contest.