Jones-Drew has been diagnosed with a foot sprain that the Jaguars expect to keep him out for “multiple games.” However, this is good news for the Jaguars who were concerned that Jones-Drew’s injury could have been a Lisfranc injury that could have potentially ended his season. As it stands, his injury will not require any surgery.
Prior to the injury, Jones-Drew was again the lone bright spot for a struggling Jaguars offense. The lack of a passing offense was allowing opposing defenses to stack the box against Jones-Drew and making rushing yards tough to come by. Despite those efforts, Jones-Drew was still managing to get an average of 4.8 yards per carry on the season.
The Jaguars will now turn to backup running back Rashad Jennings to carry the load in the backfield for an offense that has struggled to move the ball consistently this season. While Jennings is not as dynamic as Jones-Drew, who led the NFL in rushing yards last season, many consider him to be a back that would start on several other teams in the league.
The injury comes at a bad time for Jones-Drew, who missed this entire preseason while engaged in an at times heated contract holdout with the Jaguars. Jones-Drew could have potentially turned in another great year running the football into a new contract this offseason, but this injury will likely diminish his value.
The Jaguars plan on signing running back Keith Toston to help add depth to the running back position during Jones-Drew’s absence.