Rams optimistic on Jackson, less so Smith

Running back Steven Jackson continues to miss practice time while resting a sore back, but the Rams expect him to play against the Seahawks in Week 12.

"Yeah, Steven's a warrior," coach Steve Spagnuolo told reporters Thursday. "Now, he's not there yet and there's still a little bit of spasm there. We don’t want to take any chances, so he hasn’t practiced. I guess it could go either way. But I guess I'm thinking positive because of who he is and the way he's been."

Right tackle Jason Smith, meanwhile, remains sidelined by a concussion. Coach Steve Spagnuolo told reporters Thursday Smith still has lingering symptoms. At this point, missed reps in practice could also sideline Smith even if the Rams cleared him medically before kickoff Sunday, Spagnuolo suggested.