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Maurice Jones-Drew still on track for training camp

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Running back Maurice Jones-Drew is still recovering from the foot injury that sank his 2012 season, so he was one of nine Jaguars who weren’t participating in the team’s first OTA of the year on Monday.

Jones-Drew might have been watching the team drills, but he was able to do some work on the field. Jones-Drew told reporters after the session that he’s able to run 30 yards at three-quarters speed, a development that has him feeling like his goal of being full-speed before training camp is still within reach.

“That was exciting,” Jones-Drew said, via Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. “Lately, it’s been one day on, a day off, two days on, a day off — it’s part of the process. I’m closer than I think. I just want to take my time and make sure we do it the right way.”

The length of Jones-Drew’s rehab speaks to the severity of the injury to his foot and makes it less than a sure thing that he’ll wind up being fully ready to go when the Jaguars get together for camp at the end of July. Whenever he gets back will likely be fine with the Jaguars if it means he’s in the backfield to take some pressure off whichever quarterback winds up winning the starting job.

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10 Responses to “Maurice Jones-Drew still on track for training camp”
  1. johnnyjagfan says: May 14, 2013 10:53 AM

    I am so glad he didn’t try to get surgery and come back during the lost 2012 season.

    Hoping that Denard Robinson will do some watching and learning from him on ball protection.

    Nothing takes pressure off Gabbert like a real OL. Welcome Luke!

  2. julianslick says: May 14, 2013 10:53 AM

    The Jags, and specifically Blaine Gabbert, need MJD to be ready come the start of the season.

  3. maddenisfordorks says: May 14, 2013 11:00 AM

    Come back MOJO!

  4. ilovefoolsball says: May 14, 2013 11:12 AM

    It’s sad that he’s in Jacksonville, strapped with Gabbert as the QB because he is a special back.

    Kinda reminds me of AP in Minnesota and now, Steven Jackson who went from one hopeless franchise to another.

  5. granadafan says: May 14, 2013 11:27 AM

    His irrational Revis-like contract demands aside, MJD is one of my favorite running backs and I don’t even like the Jags. I followed his career from high school at De La Salle to fUCLA to the Jags and he’s proven everyone wrong at each level. He was always considered “too small” to play and yet he’s like a bowling ball who keeps getting the yards and moving the chains. Good luck in the recovery, MJD.

  6. rhamrhoddy says: May 14, 2013 11:33 AM

    A lot of seasoned veterans look to avoid some, if not all of training camp. MJD would certainly be excused if he missed some himself.

    He has a lot of rust to shake off though and his teammates, especially his newer ones, would benefit greatly from his presence. I would not be surprised to see him being in training camp from start to finish.

  7. illiniftw says: May 14, 2013 12:02 PM

    If he had heart he wouldn’t have missed any games. Or does that only apply to other athletes mojo?

  8. mobuccsfan says: May 14, 2013 12:16 PM

    Great back when healthy and love how he runs with his size. He greatly improves J’Ville when healthy and would help whomever is the QB this season. And a better OL should only mean more production…again, if he stays healthy finally.

  9. thegreatgabbert says: May 14, 2013 2:03 PM

    Mo is running at 3/4 speed because he’s carrying 4/3 his playing weight, by the look of it.

  10. steelerben says: May 15, 2013 1:17 PM

    You have to wonder how much a giant contract would speed the recovery.

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