Rams' Jackson rests aching back

Updated: December 10, 2009, 6:51 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Steven Jackson missed his eighth straight practice Thursday, resting an aching back. On game day he'll again be carrying a heavy load for the St. Louis Rams' feeble offense.

Apparently, practice is overrated for the 235-pound running back who's the lone threat on one of the worst offenses in franchise history. Jackson's seven 100-yard games this season is a career best, including five of the last six, and he's done it for an offense that's scored 13 offensive touchdowns.

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