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Cardinals vs. Rams: Steven Jackson, Darnell Dockett expected to play

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Steven Jackson and Darnell Dockett will both be playing in Thursday's game.

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Steven Jackson will suit up for the St. Louis Rams in Thursday night's game. That news comes as no surprise for Rams fans who have been paying attention, but it was still noteworthy given his absence from practice last week and limited work this week. Jackson will be seeing a familiar face in Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett, who will also play on Thursday after sitting out last week.

Dockett is one of the better 3-4 ends in the league. He not only has a knack for stuffing the run, but he can terrorize interior linemen, pushing them aside on his way to the quarterback. It's the third stout defensive line in a row that the Rams have faced.

Last week, St. Louis used their tight ends as extra blockers to keep the Seahawks defensive line at bay. They will have to do the same this week, though a matchup against Arizona's 3-4 system will require some different scheming than taking on Seattle's four-man front.