St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson will likely not play against the New York Giants when the two teams meet in a Week 2 Monday Night Football game. Head coach Steve Spagnuolo revealed the news in his Monday afternoon press conference.
Jackson strained his right quad on a 47-yard touchdown run in the Rams' 31-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon.
Jackson's status beyond Week 2 is unclear. He will be on a day-to-day, week-to-week basis following that game. Cadillac Williams will start in place of Jackson.
The injury report got worse from there. Perhaps the worst news was cornerback Ron Bartell. Originally thought to have a stinger, an x-ray revealed two fractures in his neck. The Rams top corner will miss significant time, and perhaps the whole year. Bradley Fletcher is day-to-day with a sprained toe; it might keep him out this week or perhaps even a couple weeks more.
Sam Bradford should be fine for the next game. He has a bruise in his index finger, but no break and no nerve damage. Spagnuolo deferred to Bradford's remarks from last night about playing against the equally injured Giants.
Right tackle Jason Smith does not have a high ankle sprain, and is day-to-day. Smith might be able to play this week, but he'll have to play much better than he did against the Eagles. C.J. Ah You has a wrist injury, but will likely be fine with a brace on it. It might force the Rams to play first-round pick Robert Quinn. Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui is practicing and will probably play against the Giants.
And what about Danny Amendola? As you would expect with the hardest working man in pro football, the news might be better than expected. It's unknown yet, but he may not require surgery and could even return this season. There was speculation of him coming back after week five...but that's very premature, very, very premature.
Spagnuolo said that the team would have to make some roster moves. Look for cornerback to be their top priority.