The Jacksonville Jaguars still do not know if they will have the services of Maurice Jones-Drew for their game on Sunday in Seattle.
According to the Florida-Times Union and Ryan O’Halloran, “Maurice Jones-Drew’s availability for Sunday’s game in Seattle is in doubt after he missed practice Thursday with a left ankle injury. Jones-Drew, who sustained a strained tendon against Oakland, had hoped to do limited work after sitting out Wednesday.”
Part of the issue with the injury is the swelling that is still providing pain for the star running back.
Head coach Gus Bradley simply said, if the swelling goes down, then the pain will not cause MJD issues. If the swelling persists, then the pain will continue.
“We just need to get that swelling down — it’s still evident that it’s there,” coach Gus Bradley said before practice at San Jose State. “We’ll see what he can do tomorrow but it’s really up in the air for the game."
“It still bothers [Jones-Drew] when he goes up on the balls of his feet — he can still feel a little bit of an issue there. The swelling is what is causing the pain. If we can get that out of there, we’ll have a better idea of where he’s at.”
If Jones-Drew is not able to play on Sunday, it will mark the 11th game in the last 13 that he has missed because of injury. It was the second time in as many years that an injury against Oakland has put him out of action. Last year in the sixth game of the year, MJD suffered a LisFranc injury to his foot when he was tackled by former Raiders defensive end Tommy Kelly.
If he does not start, Jordan Todman will get the call. Hopefully, the team will also incorporate Denard Robinson more in the offensive game plan.
The doubt of MJD playing is not the only concern for the Jaguars when they play a team that features a solid running game (Marshawn Lynch is on my fantasy team) and a solid dual-threat in quarterback Russell Wilson (have him as well).
Alan Ball has a groin injury and did not practice on Thursday at San Jose State University. As of now, according to reports, his play is doubtful. Rookie Demetrius McCray will get his first start of this career is Ball cannot go.
Tight end Marcedes Lewis did practice individually this week after sustaining a calf injury during the preseason and re-injuring it prior to the regular season. If he cannot go, Allen Reisner or Clay Harbor will start in his place.
And in case anyone was wondering, Blaine Gabbert has not been ruled out of the game Sunday, but all indications are that Chad Henne is going to be behind center when the team faces the Seahawks’ defense.