ST. LOUIS -- Acupuncture helped Steven Jackson's groin strain feel better, but it didn't get him back on the practice field.
One day after reporting on Twitter that he had undergone acupuncture treatment, the two-time Pro Bowl running back was relegated to off-the-field exercises Wednesday.
"I trust Steven -- I have all along," Spagnuolo said. "We want to make sure we don't push it."
Spagnuolo was impressed that the glow of victory for a team that went 1-15 last season carried over to the first practice.
"I told them I'd like them to bottle that up so it's like that every Wednesday," the coach said. "My point to them is it doesn't matter what happens on Sunday, all Wednesdays have to be like that.
"I think they got the point."
Darby seemed more confident during the team's open locker-room session and was preparing as if he'd start.
"My week is the same, nothing's changed," Darby said. "Before all this happened, I always took each week, each day of practice, as if I was going to start, even though I knew it may not happen."
Darby even has a touchdown dance in mind the next time he gets to the end zone, something to do with a shark.
"I really haven't had too many highlights in the NFL," said Darby, a former University of Alabama star. "I had a lot in college, but (the touchdown) is my No. 1 in the NFL.
"I've got a lot more to come, though."
"I think I was famous before that," Washington said, speaking of the television series. "Maybe you guys didn't know me, but on the West Coast I'm famous."
"I've watched him since he was about 14 or 15 years old grow up as a running back, and he's always been a natural, instinctive guy with good toughness and big-play ability," Carroll said. "I know he had a good camp with the Jets playing behind some really good players, and this opportunity is great for Chauncey."
"It's nothing that's going to slow me down by any means," Toston said. "Come Sunday, you won't know anything is wrong."
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