NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The Giants are no strangers to prime-time. The Rams, on the other hand, haven’t been on the big stage since Dec. 11, 2006.
Running back Steven Jackson hopes to be a part of it on Monday night. So do his owners in fantasy football.
Jackson will be a game-time decision after not practicing again Saturday because of the quadriceps he strained in the first quarter of last week’s loss to Philadelphia.
“We’ll do a workout pregame to see where he is, and then make a decision,” Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo said Sunday, according to NFL.com. “He didn’t do anything during the week. We knew the only shot he had was to rest it all the way through. It’ll be a tough call.”
Receiver Danny Amendola is doubtful with an elbow injury. Quarterback Sam Bradford is expected to play with a bruised index finger on his throwing hand.
This is somewhat of a must-win game for both teams.
Since 2000, only nine of 98 teams that have started 0-2 have made the playoffs. In the past two years, 17 teams have started 0-2 and none has made the playoffs.
“It’s easy, of course, if he’s 100 percent,” said the former Giants defensive coordinator. “And we know he wants to play. But we’re going to be smart with it.”
“You definitely want to be out there, but I’ll be the first one to tell you if it was just a Sunday regular game it would still kill me just as much as it being a Monday night game,” said Jackson, who raced 47 yards for a touchdown on the Rams’ first play last week. “This is a big game. The Giants are going to come out really aggressive. This is their home opener.
“It just kills me to know that my team needs me and I’m not able to be out there and answer the call.”
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