Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew won’t play in Friday’s game according to Jaguars.com writer John Oehser.
Mjd won’t play Friday … precautionary as he continues to work in the playing shape.
— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) August 8, 2013
Apparently Maurice Jones-Drew is healthy enough to play in Friday’s preseason opener but the team is just taking a precautionary step by holding him out of the game. A veteran like MJD doesn’t need a lot of preseason reps and their is no benefit to him playing. The extra game-time could benefit younger running backs.
Jones-Drew is recovering from a foot injury.
“There’s no pain in my foot, Jones-Drew said Wednesday, via Eugene Frenette’s twitter account. “I’m cutting great, no swelling. It’s like back to normal again.”
“Maurice is a pro,” guard Uche Nwaneri said, via The Associated Press. “He’s been doing this for a while and he knows how to get ready for a football season. We know he’s going to play to the best of his ability and he’s got to be smart at the same time. But it’s always good to see 32 on the field — always good.”
Justin Forsett, the #2 running back on the Jaguars depth chart, also won’t play. He is recovering from a sprained toe.