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MJD to test injured foot after eight-week absence


Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew hasn’t played in two months since injuring his foot in Oakland, but is scheduled to work out Tuesday to see if he can come back for the final two weeks of the season.

Jags coach Mike Mularkey deemed him “questionable” for this week, and had some curious comments when asked about the length of his absence.

“I can tell you this: Based on his position and what he has to do, this kind of injury is different than for maybe a lineman,” Mularkey said, via Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. “Everybody is different with their pain tolerance. I can’t compare him to anybody else because I don’t know how he’s feeling. Some guys come back from torn ACLs [Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson] and lead the league in rushing; some guys take longer to come back.”

Jones-Drew still leads the team in rushing with 414 yards, despite missing eight games. Mularkey would only say there were no broken bones in Jones-Drew’s foot, but wouldn’t specify whether there was ligament damage.

“Obviously we would like to have him back because he’s a special back [at] full go or almost at full go,” Mularkey said.

Taken at face value, the comments are innocuous enough.

But after Jones-Drew’s fruitless holdout this summer, during which Mularkey said he had no contact with his team’s best player, it’s hard to not see an ulterior motive.

Given that he’s looking for one last payday, there’s no economic reason for a less-than-full-strength MJD to push himself for a 2-12 Jaguars team which is going nowhere.

Monday’s comments by Mularkey, particularly the “or almost at full-go,” could easily be construed as a shot at the veteran running back for not rushing back onto the field for the good of the team, particularly considering the way they played tough-guy with Jones-Drew upon his return by making him back up Rashad Jennings.

Stay tuned.

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11 Responses to “MJD to test injured foot after eight-week absence”
  1. walker615 says: Dec 18, 2012 9:31 AM

    Who’s the sissy now?

    -Jay Cutler

  2. joetoronto says: Dec 18, 2012 9:32 AM

    I don’t even see smoke, much less fire.

  3. sbmcintosh36 says: Dec 18, 2012 9:36 AM

    Nothing like reading into something that’s not there, better yet how bout we only use smaller pieces of the interview to make it sound like he’s actually questioning his toughness.

  4. lennydpocketqb says: Dec 18, 2012 9:42 AM

    “Jones-Drew still leads the team in rushing with 414 yards, despite missing eight games. Mularkey would only say there were no broken bones in Jones-Drew’s foot, but wouldn’t specify whether there was ligament damage.”


    Sissy or not but after 8 weeks off he still is the rushing leader at 414 yards?!? He wants to wear a new uni.

  5. ccjcsr says: Dec 18, 2012 9:51 AM

    Must be trying to show some “Heart” for the next contract he recieves.

  6. asublimeday says: Dec 18, 2012 9:56 AM

    Ahh the irony of MJD missing games with a minor injury

  7. jvillenole says: Dec 18, 2012 10:30 AM


    The second string backup has missed much of the season with injuries. The third string backup was put on IR. They are now starting what amounts to a fourth string backup. Sadly, this year MJD has more starts at RB than any other RB on the team.

  8. rcali says: Dec 18, 2012 11:31 AM

    Well, he proved his point about what happens when you don’t give players the contract extensions that they believe they deserve. Jags needed to trade this guy and this lack of team management is why they will again be getting another top draft pick.

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 18, 2012 2:20 PM

    Mo is being well imbursed for those 414 yards. Around 100k per yard. Thirty three thousand dollars a foot. You can work out the cost per inch yourself.

  10. steelerben says: Dec 18, 2012 4:13 PM

    I said it a month ago, and I’ll say it again, the healing time is due to a case of “pay the man” with a “can’t stop losing” complication.

    Why bother coming back for two meaningless games to jepordize your chances of being 100% headed into a contract season?

  11. vdogg says: Dec 18, 2012 11:25 PM

    Almost forgot you were still in the NFL….dammit. Almost…..

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