Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew told listeners that he is running one month ahead of schedule on his new SiriusXM radio show on Tuesday night.
Jones-Drew, who had surgery to repair torn meniscus in his left knee in January, said that his surgically repaired knee is recovering more quickly than initially thought.
Jones-Drew sustained the injury during the preseason, but chose to hold off on surgery in order to play in 2010. His knee wore down as the season progressed and he ended up missing the Jaguars final two games.
Despite the injury, Jones-Drew still managed to rack up 1,324 rushing yards in 14 games including a six games stretch late in the season in which he rushed for over 100 yards per game.
To us outside of the organization, it appeared that Jones-Drew was healthy. Those on the inside knew he was struggling week to week with the knee injury.
Tania Ganguli of The Florida Times-Union wrote that Jones-Drew’s knee cartilage had completely worn down by the end of the season, and that he was having his knee drained on a regular basis.
The good news for Jaguars fans is that if Jones-Drew can be that effective in 2010 with a bad knee, we can only imagine how good he can be in 2011 with two healthy knees.