Rams have time to get Jackson ready

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Newly re-signed Rams running back Steven Jackson will not play against Baltimore in the team's exhibition game Saturday night.

The Rams sought and received a roster exemption after activating Jackson from the reserve/did not report list. Jackson can remain exempt from roster limits until Aug. 29 as long as he doesn't play in a game. The Rams play their final exhibition game Aug. 28 at Kansas City.

The Rams say they plan to give Jackson extra work in pads during practices, but they probably won't rush him into a game situation. Their sole priority is getting him ready for the regular-season opener at Philadelphia.