Maurice Jones-Drew Out For At Least One Week With Foot Injury
Jones-Drew was injured on the second play of the game, but tried to return to the field before being taken on a cart back to the Jaguars locker room. He returned to the Jaguars sideline after halftime sporting a protective walking boot on his injured foot and was using crutches.
On Monday, Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey said that Jones-Drew would definitely be out for this Sunday’s game on the road against the Green Bay Packers, but did not specify any sort of timetable for his return. The Jaguars have not ruled out the possibility that he has suffered a Lisfranc injury that affects the arch of the foot and usually keeps players out for about two months.
In his absence, backup Rashad Jennings got a majority of the work. Jennings looked pedestrian, carrying the ball 21 times for only 44 yards, but the Raiders defense was geared up to shut down the Jaguars rushing offense after backup quarterback Chad Henne entered the game and looked awful throwing the football. Jennings is in line to take Jones-Drew’s spot in the starting lineup, a role the Jaguars coaching staff is clearly confident in him assuming after all that was said during Jones-Drew’s holdout this preseason.
With that being said, losing Jones-Drew is a catastrophic blow for a Jaguars offense that was struggling to move to football with any sort of consistency this season. The weight of the offense will now fall solely on the shoulders of quarterback Blaine Gabbert given that his injury to his non-throwing shoulder is not significant enough for him to miss any time.