St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson looks on from the sidelines during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Rams are optimistic Steven Jackson will have a larger workload this week.
Jackson has been hobbled by a strained quadriceps muscle. He was hurt on the Rams' first play of the season against Philadelphia.
The Rams' captain scored a touchdown on that 47-yard run but he pulled up as he crossed the goal line. He had one more carry in that game -- for nine yards -- and didn't play in the second game against the Giants.
Jackson saw limited time against the Ravens, who left St. Louis with a 37-7 victory that kept the Rams winless. He carried the ball just four times for 23 yards.
Jackson has been limited in practice both Wednesday and Thursday. However, his presence on the practice field shows he is making progress.
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