Steven Jackson says he's back for Falcons

Atlanta Falcons star running back Steven Jackson expects to return Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

He practiced Wednesday for the first time since injuring his hamstring last month.

"The leg is feeling a lot better," Jackson told Atlanta reporters. "I've seen the doctor more times than I'd like to and finally he and I are on the same page. It's been encouraging enough, the progress that I've made, to give it a go.”

The Falcons' running game has languished without Jackson.

"Overall, as a team, we haven't been where we want to in the running game," Jackson said. "But I feel no added pressure from that. The organization, the training staff have been more than willing to work with me to make sure I'm 100 percent. Once I get back out there it's like treating it like Day One of training camp: getting back my run reads, getting back my fits with the offensive linemen and just giving them words of encouragement. That's the veteran leadership that I bring.

“It's been difficult to watch. To see my teammates go out there and battle, being here seven days a week with those guys and not being able to participate and not be able to maybe be a difference-maker in a game or two, it's been very frustrating. But I have learned a lot by just actually becoming coach. Now I think I really know the details of some of the plays I probably didn't know because I was so new to the offense.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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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