ST. LOUIS -- Rams running back Steven Jackson spoke to the
fans again Thursday but this time there was no discussion of ticket
sales or the Edward Jones Dome atmosphere.
Instead, Jackson wanted to reassure Rams fans that his sore
groin is fine and he will be at full speed Sunday when St. Louis
"My groin is fine. ... Sunday it won't be a problem," Jackson
said. "I practiced today. I practiced yesterday. Just being able
to practice is quite different than last year when I was unable to
Jackson, of course, is referring to Sept. 23, 2007, when he
injured his groin in a loss to Tampa Bay. That injury cost him the
next four games and nearly prevented him from reaching 1,000 yards
rushing for the third consecutive season.
Soon after Jackson missed parts of Wednesday's practice because
of the groin soreness that began to plague him Sunday night after
the loss to Seattle, there were questions about Jackson's ability
to play through the pain.
That's why Jackson felt compelled to let everyone know he's
healthy and ready to carry a full load against the Bills.
"I'm going to go out there and play hard and it's not going to
be an excuse if we win or lose or however I perform," Jackson
Officially, Jackson is listed as limited participation on the
injury report, but he participated in more portions of practice
Thursday than Wednesday. The only difference for Jackson is being
in a huddle with Trent Green handling quarterback duties instead of
Bulger has been Jackson's quarterback in each of his four
seasons in the league and though injuries have separated the two at
times, Bulger and Jackson have a good relationship.
"Playing with Marc for a number of years now, it's going to be
a little difficult, it's going to be different," said Jackson, who later Thursday told St. Louis radio station KLOU that Bulger's benching was the "wrong decision" and "I'm not the only one who feels this way."
"I have got to get used to the snap count, the play calling," Jackson said.
While Jackson was making sure everyone knew his groin injury
isn't serious and that he'll be ready for Sunday's game, defensive
end Leonard Little was quietly making his return.
Little injured his hamstring in the season opener against
Philadelphia and has been inactive the past two games. But Little
completed a full practice for the first time since the preseason
and coach Scott Linehan believes there's a good chance his top
defensive end will be back against Buffalo.
"I'm really positive with his progress," Linehan said. "I
wasn't sure last week. This week we just want to be a little
conservative about it, but after two good days, it's been nice and
warm out here and that helps. He seems to be really doing well."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.