Maurice Jones-Drew Has Ankle Tendon Sprain
By Allen Kim
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew left ankle injury is being classified by the team as a tendon sprain, according to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. Jones-Drew suffered the injury in the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders when he was hit by FS Charles Woodson on a running play. X-rays taken after the injury were negative, but an MRI today revealed, at least partially, the extent of the damage.
“We'll know more on Wednesday but by all accounts it looks pretty good,'' coach Gus Bradley said. “I know he felt good this morning so that's a positive sign. Good news for us.”
Coming off a Lisfranc injury in the same foot that cost him 10 games last season, this is a situation to closely monitor. While it appears that he escaped a major injury, he’s still not out of the woods just yet.
“It was just frustrating for me to finally get healthy, then get hurt again,” Jones-Drew said. “I didn’t really see much of the game. … It was tough. We just got to try to get healthy and get everybody back, start getting that chemistry back.”
“You’re going to have injuries in this game,” Bradley said. “The next guy has to step up and perform. We have faith in those guys that will step in if somebody goes down. We just have to execute when those guys are in there.”
Prior to exiting the game, Jones-Drew had 27 rushing yards and a reception for another yard. Jones-Drew was struggling to find running room, averaging just 2.7 yards per carry. Should he suit up for Week 3, he’ll have even more difficulty finding running lanes with the Seattle Seahawks’ suffocating defense up next on the schedule.
“He could, depending on what we find out,'' Bradley said about Jones-Drew’s chances of playing in Week 3. “But we feel like he's got a chance to be back on Sunday. He'll do some running and things like that, but as of right now we don't anticipate we'll have him on Sunday.”