Rams face uncertainty with RBs Jackson, Williams

The St. Louis backfield once was thought to be a position of strength for the young Rams, now, however, it's one gigantic question mark.

Steven Jackson told reporters Thursday that he expected to be a game-time decision for a second consecutive week, and later that afternoon the club announced that backup Cadillac Williams did not practice because of an injured hamstring.

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Jackson has been out since injuring his quad on a touchdown run in the Rams' Week 1 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He almost played Monday night against the New York Giants but was declared inactive before the game.

Jackson said he passed all his physical tests apart from the 40-yard dash, and it appears the tailback is inching closer to making his return to the field.

"I was able to get out there today and get a few reps in and start to familiarize myself with the game plan," Jackson said. "I am right on par with the team, and so I need to see how the quad feels."

If neither Jackson nor Williams play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, the Rams will feature a couple of unknowns at running back. The team tweeted Thursday that rookie Quinn Porter and sixth-year veteran Jerious Norwood shared snaps with the first team during practice.

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