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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.

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Jackson (left hamstring) worked off to the side during Thursday's practice, doing agility drills under the supervision of the Falcons' training staff, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

While it seems safe to assume that Jackson won't play Saturday against the Texans, it's encouraging to see him progress, albeit incrementally. The expectation is that the veteran back should be ready in advance of Week 1.

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Jackson, who has been dealing with a left hamstring injury, has started light workouts with the Falcons' trainers, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Jackson suffered his hamstring injury back on July 28, and the Falcons are working him back slowly, with his activities on Monday not involving any sort of sprinting. Meanwhile, with regard to the 31-year-old back, ESPN.com notes that coach Mike Smith has maintained that he expects Jackson to be fully healthy in advance of the Falcons' Sept. 7 season opener. Until then, Jacquizz Rodgers, Antone Smith and Devonta Freeman will compete for backup slotting on the team's running back depth chart.

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Steven Jackson is out indefinitely with a left hamstring injury, but is expected to be ready for Week 1.

Speaking after Tuesday's practice, coach Mike Smith claimed he didn't believe the injury was serious, but was vague on Jackson's timeline, only saying he's expected to be ready for Week 1. It's not the same hamstring that cost S-Jax four games in 2013, but it's up for debate whether that's good or bad news. No matter how serious, it's a big blow for a player who had reportedly been looking "rejuvenated." It's a reminder that Jackson's advancing age (31) and recent health woes make him a dicey RB2 in fantasy leagues. Rookie Devonta Freeman is worth a late-round flier in all formats.

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Steven Jackson reportedly "looks rejuvenated" early in camp.

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ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure believes Steven Jackson "might have a battle on his hands" if Davonta Freeman looks as good in pads as he did in shorts.

Jackson will be the Week 1 starter, but he's not guaranteed a workhorse role. The 31-year-old (in July) failed to clear 4.0 yards per carry in 9-of-12 appearances last season, looking dangerously close to his career cliff. Freeman, an excellent pass protector with three-down tools, is going to be pushing for very significant snaps right away. We're not going to be investing in Jackson as a RB2.

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Coach Mike Smith threw support behind Steven Jackson, even though he turns 31 in July.

"Unfortunately, Steven was injured last year and we didn't really get a chance to see what he was capable of doing until the last four or five games," Smith said. Jackson tore his hamstring in Week 2. Additionally, he was running behind one of the worst lines. The Falcons added mauling RG Jon Asamoah and will get LT Sam Baker (knee) back but still need a right tackle. Jackson averaged just 3.5 YPC in 2013. Atlanta is expected to draft a running back.

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Coach Mike Smith hinted at the Combine that he expects the Falcons to retain Steven Jackson for 2014.

Smith essentially gave S-Jax a pass for his 2013 hamstring tear, saying the Falcons "didn't get a chance to really see what Steven Jackson was capable of doing until the end of the season," and insisting an improved rushing attack "starts with a winning line." Jackson is not due a prohibitive offseason roster bonus, so the Falcons could conceivably roster him as long as they please and cut him after the draft or even right before Week 1. Doing so would only save $1.83 million in cap room, however. We tentatively expect S-Jax to return as the Falcons' 2014 starter.