ST. LOUIS (FootballStL) -- It seems that all of the theorists and conspirators can agree that Rams running back Steven Jackson isn’t actually quite healthy.
Following last Sunday’s 31-28 win over the Redskins many people believed that Jackson was benched as a result of an unsportsmanlike penalty in the first half. Both head coach Jeff Fisher and Jackson shot down that rumor when it was revealed that the star running back injured his groin during his eventual final drive of the game.
Jackson then missed the entire week of practice, but everyone knew that there was a solid chance he would play yesterday in Chicago which came as no surprise when he was listed as the starter.
Normally a workhorse on Sundays, Jackson only rushed the ball eleven times for 29 yards and at times during the game could be seen with a wrap on his leg. His backup, Daryl Richardson, rushed it four times for 16 yards. This was either the game plan going in against a strong Bears defense or Jackson may not be totally up to par yet.
If anyone has ever strained a groin then you would know that it can be a nagging injury that takes time to fully heal. This was a concern for Rams fans who took to Twitter during the game to complain that they would rather see a healthy Richardson get the bulk of the carries over an injured Jackson.
It isn’t that simple considering the running styles of Jackson and Richardson are completely different and it wouldn’t go along with the game plan that was practiced the entire week.
It is easy to play the ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ role here, but I do not think there is any need to question the way the running backs were handled during a 23-6 thumping. It was going to be tough to run against the Bears defense no matter who you have in your backfield.