Maurice Jones-Drew to be Sidelined for an "Extended Period"

MJD out for an 'extended period'

10/22/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

October 21, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) before playing against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIREAfter getting out to a 20-6 lead over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars suffered a painful defeat, but the game wasn't the only thing the Jaguars lost that day. John Oehser, senior writer for Jaguars.com, has reported that running back Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) is "probably going to be out for an extended period." He also tweeted that head coach Mike Mularkey has already ruled him out for Sunday's game against the Packers.

MJD hurt his foot on just the second carry of Sunday's game. He didn't look to be in too much pain, but he came out of the locker room after halftime in sweats rather than pads. Rashad Jennings filled in at running back, running 21 times for only 44 yards. He did, however, score a touchdown and catch seven passes for 58 yards.

This is one of the reasons that I advised against targeting Jones-Drew in fantasy drafts. After three straight years of 333+ touches and a holdout that kept him out of training camp and preseason action, even a player with MJD's durability (has played in 46 of Jaguars' last 48 games) is an injury risk. The tackle that knocked him out of the game was very ordinary, and it was surprising to see it sideline him for the rest of the game, let alone an "extended period" of time.

The Jaguars and fantasy owners better hope this foot injury isn't of the Lisfranc variety, as those injuries can be unpredictable and hold players out for extended time. Darren McFadden suffered a Lisfranc injury around this time last season, and though it didn't even require surgery, it held him out for the rest of the year, despite the team's optimism that he would be able to return.
October 21, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings (23) tries to break free from the hold of Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (93) while running with the ball in the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Jaguars 26-23 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE
Rashad Jennings, though he ran poorly on Sunday, will continue to get the bulk of the carries while MJD is sidelined. Jennings boasts an impressive 4.8 career yard per carry average, and will be the top player on the waiver wire this week. He should continue to get workloads similar to what he received against the Raiders (21 carries, nine targets).

Let's hope that this injury to Jones-Drew doesn't hold him out for too long, because he's one of the more entertaining players in the league when he's on the field, and we all know that the Jaguars' offense - ranked dead last in both yards and scoring - desperately needs him.
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