Falcons report: Jackson still observing

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson, who has been sidelined since Week 2 with a hamstring injury, continued to watch without a helmet as the team returned to practice on Tuesday.

Jackson previously expressed hope to return for Sunday’s NFC South matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but his status remains in doubt. The Falcons likely need more of a running game with top receiver Julio Jones (foot) out for the season and No. 2 receiver Roddy White (hamstring, ankle) also banged up. White was not on the field Tuesday during the open period of practice.

The 30-year-old Jackson signed a three-year, $12 million deal with the Falcons this past offseason after spending nine seasons with the St. Louis Rams.

Also during Tuesday’s practice, running back Jason Snelling (concussion) was on the field with a helmet while linebacker Akeem Dent (ankle) and tight end Chase Coffman (left knee) remained sidelined. There was no sign of left tackle Sam Baker (knee).