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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.

Steven Jackson RB ATL 3 Months

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.

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Jackson is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Saints due to a quad injury, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Jackson went to the bench in the second quarter, but the severity of the injury is currently unknown, as he's been given a 50-50 chance to return. Look for Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman to take on more carries than usual until a decision is reached on Jackson.

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Jackson had 11 carries for 46 rushing yards and one catch on one target for 11 receiving yards Sunday against the Steelers.

Jackson's peculiar streak of only scoring touchdowns on even weeks since Week 8 continued, as he's failed to find the end zone in alternating games during that span. If the streak continues, he looks like a better fantasy play in Week 16 against a Saints defense allowing the fourth-most rushing yards per game this season.

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Jackson had 16 carries for 50 yards and a touchdown, adding two receptions for 26 yards on two targets, in Monday's 43-37 loss to the Packers.

The Falcons didn't completely abandon their running game in the second half, despite trailing 31-7 at halftime. While the runs didn't gain many yards, the team still managed to rally and make a game of it, thanks in large part to Julio Jones. Jackson pitched in with some tough running, and Jacquizz Rodgers added three carries for 20 yards and one reception for 14 yards, while Devonta Freeman lost two yards on two carries but gained 10 yards on two catches. Jackson doesn't have a high ceiling from week-to-week, but he's still getting most of the carries, and has scored a touchdown in four of his last six games. Jackson and the Atlanta offense draw a Week 15 home matchup with a sshaky Pittsburgh defense that has been especially vulnerable to the pass.

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Jackson ran for 101 yards on 18 carries in Sunday's 29-18 win over the Cardinals. He did not score a touchdown nor see a target in the passing game.

It was a tough matchup for Jackson on Sunday, and he stepped up big, posting his best rushing performance as a member of the Falcons. Furthermore, it was Atlanta's first individual 100-yard rushing performance in 35 games, and snapped Arizona's streak of 21 consecutive games not allowing 100+ yards to a single player. On a somewhat of negative note, most of Jackson' damage came on a 55-yard scamper in the first half, but one can't necessarily punish him for ripping off a long run. The schedule doesn't look so bad over the final month of the season, and since Jackson sees most of the carries in Atlanta's backfield, he should continue to be a useful fantasy asset during that period. Next up for Jackson in Week 14 are the Packers on the road Monday night.

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Jackson (illness) had 13 carries for 34 rushing yards and a touchdown, as well as two catches on three targets for 17 receiving yards Sunday against the Browns.

Jackson's touchdown came on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter, his third score in the last four games. While he has yet to reach 85 rushing yards in a game this season, he's the clear top runner in Atlanta that will get a majority of the looks from in close. However, things figure to be much harder in Week 13 against the Cardinals, who are allowing the third-fewest rushing yards per game this season.