Coach Haslett says he knows why Steven Jackson is missing so many games... but the coach's theories aren't flying with the star running back.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Steven Jackson's persistent thigh injury is no surprise to St. Louis Rams coach Jim Haslett.
He's factored in down time after the running back's 27-day training camp holdout.
Haslett says it happens all the time and it's the same in any sport that the body needs time to adjust.
Jackson will miss his fourth game in five weeks when the Rams (2-8) play the Bears (5-5) on Sunday.
He disagreed today with Haslett's blanket assessment, countering that injuries are bound to occur to players who take a pounding.
Jackson didn't report this season until Aug. 21 after getting a six-year, $44 million deal.
But he pointed out he attended training camp in 2007, yet still missed four games with a bulging disc in his back and a torn groin muscle.
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