Tag:Maurice Jones-Drew
Posted on: January 7, 2011 12:44 pm
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Hot Routes 1.7.10 KC, CLE & SEA provide humor

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Bears GM Gerry Angelo is politely saying “told you so!” to the Bears’ plethora of preseason critics.


Great headline from The Onion: “Seattle coach Pete Carroll: Seahawks only needs three losses to reach the Super Bowl.”


Because Richard Seymour is hurt, Bills NT Kyle Williams is getting the Pro Bowl nod that so many thought he deserved.


The Chiefs, worried about a possible flu outbreak (Dwayne Bowe missed practice Wednesday due to an illness), are requiring players to wash their hands all week. They’re calling it “Kindergarten Rules”.


Lovie Smith is rooting for his assistant coaches to get head coaching consideration. (The man already has three former head coaches on staff.)


Check out this letter the Cleveland Browns wrote to one of their whiny season ticket holders back in 1974.


Do the Browns need to be worried about Colt McCoy’s questionable play in bad weather?

Maurice Jones-Drew’s knee surgery was a success.


As expected, offensive coordinator Dan Henning has left the Dolphins. (The team has probably been secretly interviewing replacements since October.)


If the Jets win on Sunday, the Chargers will get New York’s second-round pick as part of the Antonio Cromartie trade. If the Jets lose, the pick remains a third-rounder (unless the Jets sign Cromartie to a long-term contract…which is likely but complicated because of the CBA). That make sense?


Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo decided not to renew the contract of Todd Hewitt, the team’s 43-year-long equipment manager. (Had a decent joke to go here, but felt kinda bad after learning the guy had been there four decades-plus.)

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Posted on: January 1, 2011 11:48 am
 

Injury Report analysis Part I

Posted by Andy Benoit

Because a handful of teams have nothing to play for in Week 17, deciphering the injury report can be a very inexact – and, frankly, pointless – science. Thus, we’ll only bother analyzing the injury reports from games that carry playoff implications.

Bengals @ Ravens

Chad Ochocinco is once again out with an ankle. Have we already seen his last game as a Bengal? TE Jermaine Gresham is doubtful with a knee. Cornerback Jonathan Joseph, who has missed five games this season, is fighting an ankle.

The Ravens will be without LB Tavares Gooden (shoulder). Gooden is a nice athlete with iffy on-field awareness. TE Todd Heap is questionable with a thigh injury; fortunately Baltimore has plenty of depth at his position.

Steelers @ Browns

Pittsburgh has been hoping all season that DE Aaron Smith can return from his October triceps injury. He has resumed workouts but isn’t ready to play in Week 17. A win would give the Steelers a bye and, ostensibly, a greater chance at getting Smith on the field in their first playoff game. Same concept applies to SS Troy Polamalu, who has missed the past few weeks with an Achilles injury. Polamalu may actually not need the bye, though. He was a full participant in practice this week and is listed as questionable.

Browns RB Peyton Hillis did not practice and is questionable with a ribs injury. DL Shaun Rogers has missed the last two games and is questionable with an ankle. DE Kenyon Coleman is also questionable (kM. Jones-Drew (US Presswire)nee).

Jaguars @ Texans

This injury report might as well read “Jacksonville’s playoff hopes tarnished”. QB David Garrard is out for the season after surgery to repair ligament damage in his right middle finger. RB Maurice Jones-Drew is once again on the shelf with a knee. He’ll need surgery after the season, as well. TE Zach Miller is out with a concussion. SS Courtney Green continues to be hampered by a shoulder. The Jags D has been gashed with Green’s backup, Sean Considine, filling in.

Fantasy owners take note: the Texans will be without superstar WR Andre Johnson.

Titans @ Colts

Tennessee’s entire roster is questionable with a heart issue. Aside from that, everyone is healthy.

Injuries have defined Indy’s season. The only major change on the injury front this week is that LB Clint Session (elbow) might finally return.

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Posted on: December 31, 2010 1:03 pm
 

Maurice Jones-Drew out for Sunday's finale

Posted by Will Brinson

The Jaguars steep climb for a playoff spot in Week 17 just got a grade or two higher, as the team announced that running back Maurice Jones-Drew will miss Jacksonville's final game of the season against the Texans.

That's via our Jaguars Rapid Reporter Jim Nasella, who also noted earlier that MJD missed practice on Friday.

In other words, Jones-Drew was a long shot to play in the first place and now he's simply officially going to miss the Jags' game.

Also already missing is quarterback David Garrard who recently underwent surgery. That means a combination of Trent Edwards and Rashard Jennings will have to power Jacksonville over the Texans if they want to have a chance at winning the AFC South.

Even with a victory for Jacksonville the team doesn't control it's own fate, though -- the Colts have to fall to the Titans in order to give Jacksonville a chance at taking the division crown. That prospect seems slightly more likely than seeing Garrard or Jones-Drew take the field Sunday.

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Posted on: December 29, 2010 5:01 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2010 5:11 pm
 

Jaguars to be without Maurice Jones-Drew Sunday

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ playoff hopes are slim at this point. They must beat the Houston Texans this Sunday AND hope thaM. Jones-Drew (US Presswire)t the Tennessee Titans can suddenly find their missing heart and somehow beat the Indianapolis Colts. Beating the Texans wouldn’t be hard if not for the fact that Jacksonville will be without starting quarterback David Garrard and, likely, without superstar running back Maurice Jones-Drew.

Jones-Drew sat out last week with a bum knee and was sorely missed in the loss to the Redskins. According to FOX Sport’s Jay Glazer, Jones-Drew knee has not improved.

Backup running back Rashad Jennings has been a decent No. 2 this season, but he lacks the versatility and big-play explosiveness to be featured in a run-first offense.

Even with Jones-Drew out, the Jags may have to stick with being a run-first offense given that Trent Edwards, who is inexperienced in Dirk Koetter’s system, is filling in at quarterback. Edwards mastered the check-down pass in Buffalo; perhaps facing the deplorable Texans pass defense will inspire him to stretch the field for a change.

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Posted on: December 26, 2010 11:42 am
Edited on: December 26, 2010 12:17 pm
 

Week 16 AFC Inactives

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, those who ARE active: Jaguars WR Mike Sims-Walker, Ravens CB Chris Carr, Jets QB Mark Sanchez (who is starting), Colts RB Joseph Addai, Browns NT Shaun Rogers.

Now, those who are NOT active:

Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars:
We figured this was coming, but still, it’s important to note that this is the first time Jones-Drew has missed a game due to injury. Rashad Jennings will take over, and he should be fine today.

Aaron Hernandez, TE, Patriots:
The rookie TE who has been so impressive this season didn’t travel with his team to Buffalo, so this isn’t a surprising. Look for Rob Gronkowski to get even more action.

Todd Heap, TE, Ravens:
He's been dealing with a hamstring issue, and after an inconsistent week of practice, he's sitting down today.

Karlos Dansby, LB, Dolphins:
Miami will miss one of its best linebackers, but Dansby is dealing with a toe injury and didn't practice all week.

Chad Ochocinco, WR, Bengals:
Apparently, Ochocinco tweeted today that he was inactive. With this guy, though, I would wait until the official inactive list comes out to confirm it.

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Posted on: December 25, 2010 1:13 pm
 

Jones-Drew absence could hurt Jaguars

M. Jones-Drew probably won't play Sunday (Getty). 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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Posted on: December 24, 2010 2:48 pm
 

Hot Routes 12.24.10: No holiday cheer for MJD



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- For the third-straight day, Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew didn’t practice while dealing with a knee injury. It’s not a good sign for Jacksonville, since no player who has missed a Friday practice with the team this year has ended up playing on a Sunday. At the same time, Jones-Drew has never missed a game due to injury. But yeah, it doesn’t look good at this point. He’s listed as doubtful on the injury report, and it'll be surprising if he suits up to play.

- Seattle’s Leon Washington and Mike Williams are candidates for the Comeback Player of the Year award. Williams knows who should get it. His teammate.

- Pro Football Talk has an interesting take on why we might not see a league decision regarding Brett Favre for a few more days.

- And speaking of Favre, how about Favre, the linebacker?

- Former Baltimore Colts and Redskins guard Ken Huff already has climbed Mount Kilimanjero once before. Now, he’s going back to do it again to help wounded soldiers.

- If you’d like to relive the topsy-turvy world of the Jets from 2010, here’s your chance to review the season.

- You remember how Ravens LB Terrell Suggs bragged about leaving Patriots QB Tom Brady off his Pro Bowl ballot? Well, Brady responded today, saying he would have voted for Suggs, in part because Suggs is such a nice guy.

- Break up the Browns? Aw, hell no, says defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

- If the Bengals decide to franchise tag Johnathan Joseph, Cincinnati’s CB would be OK with that. Considering he’d likely make $10-13 million, you can understand why.

- Some of the Steelers players will become awfully big Browns fans this weekend. It'll be for a weekend only.

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Posted on: December 19, 2010 11:34 am
Edited on: December 19, 2010 11:53 am
 

Week 15 AFC Inactives

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, those who ARE active today: Chiefs QB Matt Cassel (it’s unclear right now if he’s starting); Raven sRB Le'Ron McClain, Ravens WR Willis McGahee, Colts WR Austin Collie, Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew.

And those who are NOT active today:

Donte Stallworth, WR, Ravens: Though Baltimore had talked about utilizing its downfield passing game more, which seemingly would increase Stallworth’s role in the offense, he’s out today. This doesn't appear to be because of injury.

Joseph Addai, RB, Colts:
Out since Week 6, when is Addai going to be back in uniform? Also, RB Mike Hart is inactive.

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