Jaguars rule Maurice Jones-Drew out for Week 8; Mularkey won't rule out Lisfranc

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer
MJD's injury looks bad. (AP)

Things went from bad for the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4 heading into Sunday) to not horrible (leading Oakland on the road at half) to downright disastrous (losing to Oakland in overtime) pretty quickly. And there were multiple injuries piled on top of the insult, as Blaine Gabbert never returned to the game and Maurice Jones-Drew watched the loss from crutches on the sideline.

Making things much worse is the long-term outlook for MJD. In coach Mike Mularkey's news conference on Monday, he ruled out Jones-Drew for Week 8's game and said it's possible Jones-Drew could miss an "extended" period of time.

Per John Oehser of Jaguars.com, Mularkey said MJD's issue is something in the middle of his foot and, based on previous experience dealing with foot injuries, it wouldn't be surprising to see Jones-Drew miss a lengthy time. Mularkey did add that the team hopes the running back won't miss a significant amount of time.

But the worst news is the possibility of a Lisfranc (midfoot) injury for MJD: Mularkey didn't rule out that possibility when speaking at his press conference, per the Associated Press.

If Jones-Drew has a Lisfranc injury, he's likely to miss the rest of the season. For the Jags, losing MJD would be devastating. Even though he missed all of Week 7 and didn't start Week 1 after holding out, he has accounted for 35.34 percent of their total offensive yardage this season to date.

Rashad Jennings, who has played well when given the opportunity but has struggled with injury during his career, is expected to get the start for the Jaguars against the Packers in Week 8.

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