Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson could be out longer than originally anticipated because of a lingering hamstring injury, ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure reported Monday.
According to the report, Jackson will be out another 2-3 weeks — which could keep him on the sidelines until Week 7. He will likely miss this week's game against the New England Patriots, as well as the following week's matchup against the New York Jets. The Falcons have a bye in Week 6.
Jackson suffered the injury during the Falcons' Week 2 win over the St. Louis Rams, Jackson's former team. According to McClure, Jackson's injury was initially classified as a thigh issue. Jackson has remained remarkably injury-free throughout his NFL career, having played in at least 12 games in each of his nine previous seasons in the league. In 14 carries so far this season, Jackson has gained 77 yards — a 5.5-yard average per carry.