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Monday, May 17, 2010
Running Steven Jackson into the ground

By Mike Sando

No NFL running back has more carries in fewer games than Steven Jackson since the St. Louis Rams' running back broke out with 346 carries and 1,528 yards in 2006.

Count Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. among those who think the Rams erred in leaning too heavily on Jackson last season. I don't fault the Rams' coaches as much as I would fault the Rams' roster, which has lacked -- and continues to lack -- a strong alternative at the position.

The chart ranks NFL running backs by most regular-season carries since 2006. Jackson and the 49ers' Frank Gore rank among the top four. Jackson also ranks third since 2005.

The Rams' options beyond Jackson include Chris Ogbonnaya, Kenneth Darby, Keith Totson and DeMaundray Woolridge.