Steven Jackson RB ATL 2 Months

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.

Steven Jackson RB ATL 2 Months

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.

Steven Jackson RB ATL 2 Months

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.

Steven Jackson RB ATL 2 Months

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.

Steven Jackson RB ATL 2 Months

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.

Steven Jackson RB ATL 2 Months

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.

Steven Jackson RB ATL 2 Months

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.