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Thursday, October 28, 2010
Finger pointing to Steven Jackson playing

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Boxing great Marvin Hagler once criticized Thomas Hearns for postponing their fight over a finger injury, suggesting a tougher man would have cut off the appendage before missing a $3 million payday.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott once had part of a finger removed so he could play in a game for the San Francisco 49ers.

I recall seeing Steve McNair shrug off a dislocated finger during a game. Anyone familiar with NFL Network programming has probably noticed Brian Baldinger's pinky, which looks more like a diagram for a post pattern (not a skinny post, either). And Rams fans have probably seen former receiver Torry Holt's mangled finger (a "trophy" he credited with helping him catch passes).

Where does Rams running back Steven Jackson stand on the finger pain spectrum? Jackson has told reporters he plans to play in Week 8 despite undergoing finger surgery Monday, according to Brian Stull of 101ESPN St. Louis.