Posted by Josh Katzowitz
We know already that Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew most likely won’t play Sunday, and partially, Jones-Drew is to blame.
Jones-Drew has been battling knee problems for much of the year, and he told the Florida Times-Union Friday that he knew it was possible for his knee to get worse if he continued to play on it.
“There was a bunch of talk about (the knee) at the beginning of the year, but it wasn’t hurt to the point that I couldn’t play on it,” Jones-Drew told the paper. “But we knew that if I did play on it, this could happen. I chose to do it. I wanted to play football and I love playing the game. This is the price you pay sometimes.”
Part of the problem is that the turf in Indianapolis last week was harder than he expected. He had missed practice Wednesday and Thursday of last week because his knee was swollen and sore, and those symptoms have continued into this week, causing him to miss all three Jaguars practices.
As the paper points out, no Jaguars player that has missed a Friday practice this season has gone on to play in a game two days later. Jones-Drew could break the precedent, but at this point, it seems unlikely that he’ll play vs. the Redskins.
“Every case is different,” Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. “One thing I always say is that individual players and their ability to have convinced me over time, those types of things can enter into it. I prefer to have it go where a guy’s practicing and I see and we know what we’re going to get on Sunday.”
Without Jones-Drew in the lineup, the Jaguars would count on Rashad Jennings – who’s actually looked pretty good as Jones-Drew’s backup.
But Jones-Drew still is the second-leading rusher this year with 1,324 yards, and the fact Jacksonville is tied with Indianapolis for the AFC South lead – with really, no hope of a wild card berth to the runner-up – Jones-Drew’s absence isn’t great timing for the Jaguars.
Hell, it might cost them their season.
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