ST. LOUIS (FootballStL) – It seems highly coincidental that the Rams’ star running back sat out most of Sunday’s game because of a strained groin after being flagged for an unsportsmanlike penalty, but that is how it went according to Steven Jackson and head coach Jeff Fisher.
“It had nothing to do with the spike,” Fisher said. “That is what the rumor was around. His groin was real tight and it just didn’t make sense. We just didn’t want to subject him to it.”
Jackson was flagged for spiking the ball in frustration after he was stopped twice at the one-yard line in what appeared to be a touchdown. The Rams would have to settle for a field goal following the penalty.
“I thought I was in, but I spiked the ball thinking it was a touchdown,” Jackson said. “I should have rolled the dice. I learned a lesson there.” (Roll the dice is his typical touchdown dance)
According to Jackson, the groin strain occurred during the last drive and continued to bother him on the sideline. He also called the injury ‘not that serious’ and thinks he can bounce back ‘fairly fast.’
Jackson also commended Daryl Richardson, who ran for 83 yards on 15 carries, for the job he did in place of him and the job Fisher has done thus far for a young Rams squad that won only two games last season.
“It is a completely different swagger (from past Rams teams),” Jackson said. “It is just amazing. I know it is only Week 2 and we are 1-1, but it is just a whole different atmosphere. I can’t thank Coach Fisher enough for what he has done and what he is doing with us.”