- Vaughn McClure, ESPN Staff Writer
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Falcons running back Steven Jackson said he plans to be patient in his return from a hamstring injury.
On his personal blog posted Friday, Jackson talked about the pain of not being on the field with his teammates and not wanting to return to action until he’s 100 percent healthy.
"I'm still new, and I've only really been able to participate in one game, so I have a lot of pressure on myself,'' Jackson wrote. "I want to come in and make a huge impression on this team and on this city. So I've just been really focused on getting back healthy, and once I'm back on the field, being an impact player.
"But I have to be patient. That's just part of being mature as a player. I know my body, and I have to make sure that I'm right. I don't want to come back too soon, and just be an average guy on the football field. When I come back, I want to be 100 percent healthy and be the dynamic running back who can catch the ball, run between the tackles and do all the things that I've done.''
A league source told ESPN.com earlier this week that Jackson is expected to be sidelined two to three more weeks. He suffered the injury after scoring a first-quarter touchdown in a Week 2 win over the Rams.
The 30-year-old Jackson's bruising running style has no doubt taken a toll on him over the years. Resting him over the next two weeks would allow the Falcons to give Jackson more time to heal during the bye, Oct. 13.