Short weeks make it tough for NFL teams to get their walking wounded on the field. The St. Louis Rams have been easing running back Steven Jackson into the practice routine for weeks, since he injured his groin against the Redskins in Week 2. The Cardinals have been hoping that defensive end Darnell Dockett can suit up for Week 5 after missing last week's game. The news sounds good for both players.
Jackson practiced with the Rams on Tuesday, in a limited role. It's notable because Jackson did not practice at all last week. He did manage to work as the Rams top back against Seattle, though running was extremely difficult against a stingy defense. It won't be much easier against the Cardinals, but the Rams offense does a better job moving the ball and keeping quarterback Sam Bradford upright when they have Jackson in the mix.
Dockett has been limited in practice this week, recovering from a hamstring injury. He will be a game-day decision along with tight end Todd Heap and running back LaRod Stephens Howling. Unofficially, it's being reported that Dockett is likely to suit up this week.