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RB Steven Jackson Released by Falcons

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Atlanta Falcons released the NFL's active leader in rushing yards (11,388) running back Steven Jackson on Thursday.

The 31-year-old Jackson still had one year left on the three-year contract he signed with the team. The move saves the Falcons $3.75 million against the salary cap.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Jackson originally was selected with the 24th overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He played nine seasons in St. Louis before playing the last two in Atlanta. During that time he's carried the ball 2,743 times, averaging 4.2 yards per touch while scoring 68 touchdowns. He also caught 460 balls for 3,663 yards and nine touchdowns. Jackson had 190 carries for 707 yards and six touchdowns last season.

With Jackson gone, the Falcons are left with youngster Devonta Freeman as their only signed running back. Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith are about to become free agents.

The Falcons ranked 24th in the NFL with 93.6 rushing yards per game last season.

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Torrey Smith Shines as Ravens Edge Falcons 27-23 

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) --  After an incredible postseason run that resulted in a Super Bowl title, the Baltimore Ravens finally returned home to play a game at M&T Bank Stadium.

Torrey Smith hauled in a 77-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco, and the Ravens topped the Atlanta Falcons 27-23 on Thursday night to improve to 2-0 in the preseason.

Matt Ryan looked exceptionally sharp for the Falcons, throwing for 97 yards and a touchdown to Julio Jones.  The Falcons led the game 23-7, before the Ravens' backups rallied with a 20-point fourth quarter that won them the game.

"We're just happy to come away with the win," running back Ray Rice said after carrying the ball eight times for 10 yards. "Our young guys are really improving. That's special to us."

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RB Steven Jackson Agrees To 3-Year Deal With Atlanta Falcons

NFL via Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a three-year contract with free agent running back Steven Jackson on Thursday. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

The 29-year-old Jackson will replace Michael Turner as the starting running back, after the Falcons cut Turner loose before the start of free agency.

Jackson was originally drafted out of Oregon State by the Rams with the 24th overall pick in the 2004 NFL draft. In nine seasons with the Rams, Jackson rushed for 10,135 yards and 56 touchdowns on 2,395 carries. He also has 407 receptions for 3,324 yards and eight touchdowns.

Last year, the three-time Pro Bowler topped the 1,000-yard mark for the eighth consecutive season.

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ESPN: Rams Running Back Steven Jackson Will Test Free Agency

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One of the greatest players in St. Louis Rams history may be ready for a new chapter in his career. According to ESPN, running back Steven Jackson will void the final year of his contract and become a free agent this offseason.

Jackson is the Rams all-time leading rusher and has been with the team since 2004, but he's made the playoffs just once in his career. In fact, Jackson has never been on a winning team in his entire career. The best team he ever played for, record wise, was in 2004 when the team was 8-8.

Even though he'll be 30 once the 2013 season starts, Jackson remains one of the most consistent players in the NFL. He has rushed for over 1,000 yards for eight straight seasons. Last season, he ran for 1,042 yards with four touchdowns.

Jackson was set to earn $7 million from the Rams in 2013, and with Jackson seeking an extension, both sides seem ready to part ways. With a youth movement underway, Jackson may be looking to continue his career with a contender.

If Jackson does leave, the Rams will likely go with a duo of Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson at running back.

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Rams Stun Saints for First Win of the Season

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- Last week, the New Orleans Saints dominated the winless Indianapolis Colts 62-7 to improve to 5-2 on the season. So with their next game being against the winless St. Louis Rams, it should have been an easy win, right? Wrong.

With the World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals in attendance, the Rams came out firing and jumped out to a 17-0 lead a halftime -- the first time the Saints had been held scoreless at halftime since 2007.

Even though the Saints made a run, the Rams went on to upset the Saints 31-21 to earn their first victory of the season. Heading into the game, the Rams had one of the worst offenses in the NFL and a defense that wasn't anything to brag about. Meanwhile, the Saints had one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL, but they couldn't get much going against the Rams.

This all happened without Rams starting quarterback Sam Bradford on the field because of an ankle injury. Backup quarterback A.J. Feely filled in nicely for Bradford for the second straight week, throwing for 175 yards and a touchdown. What is even more notable is that Feely won a start for the first time since he was with the Miami Dolphins -- back in 2004.

Rams running back Steven Jackson, who ran for 159 and two touchdowns, attributed part of the team's success on Sunday to the Cardinals who were in attendance watching the game.

"I think the Cardinals being here was great for the city," Jackson said. "Whoever showed up today, regardless if the place was empty, today was fun. We came out with a mindset we were going to fight."

After his big day, Jackson is now third all-time in Rams franchise history for yards from scrimmage, and fourth all-time in touchdowns with 59.

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