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Steven Jackson: I will be back

Updated: September 27, 2007, 4:52 PM ET
By Steven Jackson

Don't count me out just yet, because I will be back!

The groin is an unpredictable thing ... and I'm actually saying that with a straight face. You ESPNers have been really good to me in the comments, so I want to give you as much info as possible. I want to see you win your leagues, I really do. But the thing is, I don't have much to go on.

Football is my job, just like your job might be -- I don't know -- let's just make you an attorney. Say you get sick, maybe come down with a really bad flu. You take a couple of days off, drink your liquids, and hope that the next morning, when you wake up, you're ready to go to work. That's how an injury is for a professional athlete. I want to be out there, and I have the greatest team of doctors and wellness experts helping me to get better as soon as possible. At this point it is tough to say when that will be, but I am hopeful that it will be sooner rather than later.

Just so all my fantasy owners out there know, this isn't one of those situations where I'm sitting on my couch watching television and eating cheese balls. I'm working! I'm doing every possible thing I can do to get back on that field and get us a win. And then another win. And then another. Seriously, 100 percent of my energy is focused on getting better. OK, 99.5 percent of my energy is focused on getting better, and 0.5 percent is focused on writing this column. But I consider it cooling down from working out.

And where does this leave us? Like I said last week, I want this team to win, and I will do everything in my power to make that happen. So for Week 4, I'm getting Brian Leonard ready for the Cowboys. We're watching game film, I'm giving him little tips on players and defensive schemes.

Keep in mind, Brian is still a rookie. He's talented, and I think he's going to have a huge game against Dallas, but if there's even one little thing that I can tell him while we're watching some tape -- maybe if it only results in an extra yard for him -- I'm giving it. We're banged up and we need a win. Remember when I told you last week how I thought Marc Bulger was gutsy in that Week 2 game? Turns out he was playing with broken ribs. That's gutsy, man. Broken ribs, and he's acting like nothing's wrong.

So, yeah, I'm really down about not being able to play this week. Believe me, if I could, I would. I hope all you "handcuffers" went out and got Brian, though. Even if you don't have me on your team, you should still get him. And then maybe trade for me while you're at it ... I'm going to be back, and I'm going to do everything in my power to get this team back on the right side of .500. For this week, though, since I am forced to stand on the sideline and watch, my job has gone from "run and catch" to "get well and teach." So consider Brian the Man With Two Brains against the Cowboys. He's got his in there, and he's got me in there with him.

Best of luck to all you fantasy owners this week. I wish I could be out there getting you points, but hopefully you'll see me running and cutting soon.

Rams running back Steven Jackson is a weekly contributor to ESPN.com Fantasy.

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