Coach Mike Smith said that they would be monitoring Jackson very closely to see if he is indeed healthy enough to play in Week 8 against the Arizona Cardinals.
“This is all based on what the doctor will say in terms of how much he’ll participate in practice as we go through the week, but when we left out of here on Friday, everything was very good in terms of (Jackson’s) testing and the opportunity to return to play,” Smith said during his Monday press conference. “We are anticipating to get him in and see how he handles it. You’ve got to go in and take it one day at a time when you’re coming back from an injury.”
Without Jackson, the Falcons’ rushing attack has been mediocre at best and inconsistent for the most part. In their last game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling combined for only 18 yards rushing on the ground, as they are one of the worst rushing teams in the NFL.
Although Jackson’s availability is still up in the air at the moment, this is a good sign, as any progression at this point is good news especially with Jackson being limited to only one full game this season so far.
If the Falcons could get back a healthy Jackson and have him on the field, it would provide a huge boost to an offense that has been handcuffed with injuries to key skill players.
Jackson’s status will be monitored through-out the week and how he fares in practice will determine if he is finally ready to resume his career with the Falcons for this weekends game against the Cardinals.