FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Matt Ryan needed one of the best games of his career to lead the Falcons and their depleted offense out of their three-game losing streak last week.
It's looking like Ryan will have more help in Sunday's game at Arizona.
Running back Steven Jackson, who has missed four straight games with a hamstring injury, practiced Wednesday and said he feels ready to "give it a go." Left tackle Sam Baker, who has missed the last two games with a knee injury, also was in full pads.
The Falcons are still awaiting receiver Roddy White's return from hamstring and ankle injuries.
Ryan completed 20 of 26 passes with three touchdown passes and no interceptions in last week's 31-23 win over Tampa Bay. His 148.4 passer rating was the highest of his career and the top rating of any NFL quarterback this season.
The bad news was the offense lacked balance with only 18 yards rushing.
A healthy Jackson would be a much-needed boost for an offense that lost receiver Julio Jones for the season earlier this month.
"It's going to be a big thing for us," Ryan said. "He's a great player."
Jackson has been held out since pulling the hamstring in the second game of the season against the Rams, his former team. It has been a slow recovery for Jackson.
Jackson said it hasn't been easy to sit out the four games and wait five weeks, including the team's bye week, to be cleared for practice.
"I've seen the doctor more times than I'd like to and finally he and I are on the same page," Jackson said. "I feel encouraged enough in the progress I've made to give it a go."
Jackson's plan was to start slowly on Wednesday, the first practice of the week, and build up to Sunday's game.
"I don't think any time after Week 1 you're 100 percent, but I think I'm feeling to this point good enough to give it a go and be out there and be effective like day one," he said, adding his left "feels a lot better.
"Once again I will be very aware I still have some days to heal and I'll be there on Sunday."
Coach Mike Smith said he checked in with Jackson twice during the practice.
"I had an opportunity to ask him a couple of times in practice and it seemed like it was going well," Smith said, adding the next test will be how Jackson's hamstring responds on Thursday.
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