As if this season wasn’t already rough enough, the Jacksonville Jaguars received more bad news this week when they found out star running back Maurice Jones-Drew is expected to miss several games after suffering a left foot sprain against the Oakland Raiders in Week 7. With a 1-5 record heading into Week 8, this is the last thing the Jaguars need to deal with considering Jones-Drew is one of the top running backs in the NFL when healthy and from a fantasy football perspective–this has to be painful to deal with for owners.
In most leagues, Jones-Drew was selected in the first or second round considering he’s capable of displaying just as much damage through the air as on the ground. Since 2006, Jones-Drew ranks third in the league with 9,827 yards from the line of scrimmage, but he’s failed to live up to the hype so far in 2012 for numerous reasons.
For starters, Jones-Drew didn’t enter the regular season in the best of shape after missing most of training camp while holding out for a new contract. It’s easy for a player to stay in shape on their own, but everybody knows it is nowhere close to being as effective as training camp–which hurt Jones-Drew a lot.
This latest injury puts the icing on the cake for Jones-Drew on what’s been a disappointing 2012 season after he rushed for less than 60 yards in three of the Jaguars first four games. One can hope that Jones-Drew returns healthy and better than before, but with the way things have been so far this season–there’s no telling what to expect when he returns this year.
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