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Monday, November 3, 2008
Rams will have a hard time rebounding

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Rams' revival under Jim Haslett is taking a detour thanks largely to the thigh injury Steven Jackson suffered against the Cowboys in Week 7.

Jackson played at a diminished capacity Sunday. "Day-to-day" is his status for Week 10, Haslett told reporters Monday. A hamstring injury will prevent backup Antonio Pittman from playing against the Jets in Week 10. Linebacker Chris Draft has a broken foot and could miss three to six weeks, according to Haslett. That means Quinton Culberson gets back into the lineup, severely diminishing depth at the position. Receivers Dante Hall (ankle) and Drew Bennett (foot) are headed for injured reserve this week, ending their seasons.

Defensive end Leonard Little should be available despite his hamstring injury, but defensive lineman Eric Moore is having a MRI for his neck and spine.

The Rams want Jackson to practice all week before clearing him to play. They think that will make life easier from a game-planning standpoint. Having Jackson miss practice, then play only briefly puts the team in a difficult position that way.

Kenneth Darby becomes the starting running back if Jackson cannot play in Week 10. That would put more pressure on quarterback Marc Bulger, making it difficult for the Rams to function offensively and remain competitive.