Rams running back knows how to play with pain

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Steven Jackson figures he might have to play one-handed a few more weeks, even after the St. Louis Rams' bye.

Whatever it takes to keep the offense moving.

Jackson grew up idolizing tough-minded running backs like Emmitt Smith, who he remembered playing despite a separated shoulder, and likes to consider him an old-school type who can set an example for younger players. This year he also persevered through a groin strain for two weeks, and made it through the final half-dozen games last season despite a back injury that kept him off the practice field and required offseason surgery.

Jackson said Wednesday the doctors' original timetable for removing the pins was six to eight weeks, but he's hoping that he might have to play only two more games before he can use both hands again.

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