Steven Jackson not ruling himself out yet for Monday night

Steven Jackson is hopeful he’ll be able to play Monday night when the St. Louis tangles with the New York Giants in a rare prime-time appearance for the Rams.

He suffered a strained thigh in the team’s season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The thinking at the time was he would be sidelined for a while but Jackson isn’t ruling himself out yet.

It's all predicated on how I feel on Monday," Jackson said, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “We're definitely shooting to have an outside chance to be able to go. We all know this kind of injury; the rest is the thing that's going to be the key. Luckily we buy an extra day with the Monday night game.

“It just kills me to know that my team needs me and I'm not able to be out there and answer the call. But we want to be smart. We know it's early in the season.”

St. Louis coach Steve Spagnuolo, who was with the Giants before he took over the Rams last year, said he trusts the judgment of his running back. An extra day may help but all involved know the Rams need Jackson for the long haul and the smart move might be giving him more time to properly heal.

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