The Rams are cautiously optimistic that running back Steven Jackson, who has been the only bright spot for this woeful team the last few years, will be ready for training camp after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back.

Jackson (pictured, left) will be held out of Official Team Activities (OTAs) the remainder of the spring, and head coach Steve Spagnuolo told Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the running back will be ready for the start of training camp.

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The Rams are thin at running back, with only Kenneth Darby and Chris Ogbonnaya returning from last season. The team signed free agent running backs Keith Toston of Oklahoma State and De'Maundray Woolridge of Idaho after they went undrafted. The Rams also brought former Iggles running back Brian Westbrook in for a look-see, but he left without signing a contract.

Westbrook battled knee, ankle and concussion problems last year, and it's uncertain whether a team will take a chance on him for next season.