Falcons' Steven Jackson expected back for first game after hamstring injury

<p> Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson injured his left hamstring Monday.</p> <p> He's expected back in time for the season-opener against the New Orleans Saints.</p> <p> “I don’t think it’s going to be anything that’s going to be real significant," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "He will be ready for the first game."</p> <p> Last season, Jackson was sideliend with hamstring and toe injuries for four games.</p> <p> Jackson, 31, rushed for just 543 yards last season.</p> <p> The Falcons will have to go with rookie Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers in Jackson's absence.</p> <p> Follow me on Twitter: <a href="http://www.twitter.com/RavensInsider">@RavensInsider</a></p> <p> Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun</p>
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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