Rams wide receiver Donnie Avery returned to practice Wednesday after missing a week and a half while resting his surgically repaired knee. Meanwhile running back Steven Jackson missed his second practice in a row, but he’s looking forward to Saturday’s game.

As far as Avery is concerned, head coach Steve Spagnuolo saw a little more confidence in Avery’s routes that he was running and felt it was a good move sitting him out.

“It was really more a response to the surgery. Nothing uncommon,” Spagnuolo said. “We just figured, why set him back? That’s why we shut him down. And I think it was the right thing to do, because I think he’ll start to surface now.”

Also back on the field were tackle Rodger Saffold (back) and guard Jacob Bell (knee). Wideout Mike Sims-Walker (groin) got limited work, but Spagnuolo is hoping Sims-Walker and Avery could see some time on Saturday.

Jackson has a sore hip, but he said he plans to play in Saturday’s preseason game against Tennessee. He would like to go as long as he can with the number one unit. Jackson explains.

Steven Jackson on Saturday’s game (1:09)