Maurice Jones-Drew misses practice Thursday, status for Week 3 “up in the air”
It is the second consecutive practice Jones-Drew has missed due to ankle issues.
Jones-Drew originally suffered a foot tendon sprain in last week’s 19-9 loss to the Oakland Raiders. But earlier this week, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley still expected Jones-Drew to play Sunday.
After an MRI on his foot came back without a sign if serious structural damage, Jones-Drew’s status for Sunday came in the probable zone – with Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reporting Wednesday that the plan was for the running back on the field against the Seahawks. All previous comments have broadly indicated that he will suit up for Sunday. Jones-Drew himself said Wednesday that he expected to practice Thursday and was “confident” he will play against the Seahawks.
However, Bradley told John Oehser of the Jaguars website on Thursday that Jones-Drew is still experiencing swelling in the ankle, which kept him out of practice. With that development, Jones-Drew’s status for the Week 3 game is again “up in the air.”
If Jones-Drew doesn’t play Sunday, the Jaguars will likely start Jordan Todamn at running back against the Seahawks. Todman also filled in for Jones-Drew after he went down with the injury in Week 2.
Justin Forestt and Denard Robinson will serve as other options in the backfield for the Jaguars. However, the Jaguars’ chances of toppling the Seahawks seem slim if the passing game can’t find a pulse. The Jaguars’ production could take a serious hit against the Seahawks without their most productive offensive player on the field Sunday.
Jones-Drew rushed for a total 72 yards on 25 attempts, so far in two games this season.