The biggest goal of any team in their last meaningless preseason game is to get their key players out without any sort of injury. The Jaguars may have to hold their breath to hope that that very thing didn’t happen to their biggest offensive star on Thursday night. RB Maurice Jones-Drew might not be 100 percent when the season begins after bruising his lower right leg Thursday night against the Redskins. So far X-rays have been negative, but Jones-Drew was scheduled to have an MRI exam Friday.
The injury could slow him down big time for the Jags season opener on September 13th vs the Colts. Jones-Drew hurt his leg on the opening series when cornerback Fred Smoot tackled him following a short reception. Jones-Drew exchanged words with Smoot and safety LaRon Landry before leaving the field. He slammed his helmet to the ground, then headed to the locker room. Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said the low hit fired up Jones-Drew.
“He had a ‘UFC shot’ to the shin or lower leg and it’s bruised,” Del Rio said. “Maurice was a little frustrated by the hit and he wanted to get his hands on the guy, I can tell you that.” Quarterback David Garrard took some of the blame for leading Jones-Drew into the flat.
“I don’t know what’s really wrong with him. I don’t know if anything’s really wrong with him,” Garrard said. “He’ll be fine. He’ll be ready to roll. I could have helped him out a little bit more by putting the ball where it stops him and not kind of lead him into that defender out there. “But it’s football. Those types of things are going to happen.”