Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew was playing his best game of the season on Thursday night against the Houston Texans, and he eclipsed 100 rushing yards for the first time all year. But MJD’s big game was cut short by a fourth quarter hamstring injury, which required an MRI the following the day. The MRI must have went very well, since MJD essentially guaranteed that he would be out there next week against the Buffalo Bills.
But now, it’s safe to say that Jones-Drew has scaled back on his expectations a bit, and it isn’t a surprise to hear that his status for next week’s game is now in flux. The Florida Times-Union’s Hays Carlyon reports that Jones-Drew wants to return to practice on Friday, and Carlyon believes that Jones-Drew is “very questionable” for the Jaguars next game.
I fully expect the Jaguars to end up listing Jones-Drew as questionable on the injury report, but I also believe that we’ll see him out there against the Bills. He is motivated in the final year of his contract, and I think he’ll gut it out on the hamstring injury. That said, expect Jones-Drew to be a game-time decision, and fantasy owners need to be prepared for a trip on the inactive list for next week’s game. Hamstring injuries are extremely difficult to predict, so consider MJD’s status up-in-the-air.