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Don Jackson did not break hand, could play vs. Falcons, per report

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The Packers' rookie running back could return to action despite a hand injury.

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Don Jackson's NFL debut lasted just six plays before a hand injury forced him to the sideline for the duration of the game. However, he could potentially return in time for this Sunday's tilt with the Atlanta Falcons. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, tests performed on Jackson's hand did not show a break, and if the swelling subsides and he can grip a football he could return to action.

The Green Bay Packers effectively found themselves without a single true tailback at their disposal last week when Jackson suffered his hand injury, leaving the still-green Knile Davis, fullback Aaron Ripkowski and wideout Ty Montgomery to split up the backfield workload. With an extra week and change to learn the playbook, Davis could see more action if called upon this week, and Montgomery appears likely to spend some more time at running back regardless.

Still, regaining the services of Jackson could help alleviate the necessity to pass seemingly every down as the Packers did against the Chicago Bears last Thursday. Having spent the entire season in Green Bay on either the practice squad or 53-man roster, Jackson has more experience lining up at running back in the offense than any other healthy option in the team's arsenal.

Jackson joined the Packers as an undrafted free agent out of Nevada shortly after the 2016 NFL Draft. The team released him soon after he failed his physical, but brought him back to the practice squad in September.

Jason B. Hirschhorn is an award-winning journalist and Pro Football Writers of America member. He covers the NFL for Sports on Earth and SB Nation. He also serves as the senior writer and editor for Acme Packing Company, a Green Bay Packers blog.