Out with a foot injury since the October 21 game against the Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew said that he may be only two weeks away from returning to game action. It was always thought that the injury to MJD would not be season ending, but for fantasy football owners who held on to the Jaguars’ best player or were fortunate to pick him up off of waiver – like myself – you may only another two weeks away from being rewarded.
Jones-Drew was inactive for last night’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts, and it becomes more and more blatant just how badly they need him back on the field. Make no mistake that this is not a good team even with MJD on the field. But it is a downright awful one without him.
Still in a walking boot, Jones-Drew told the Thursday Night Football broadcast that he is probably “about two weeks away” from playing again this season for the Jags, who have won just one game all season long. As soon as he is cleared to play, MJD will go right back to his role as the primary ball carrier, as Rashad Jennings has been less than awe-inspiring in his absence.
This is not a case of having to win back your job. It will be handed to him on a platter.
After holding out through the entire preseason, Jones-Drew was struggling before the injury. In a little more than five games, MJD carried the ball 86 times for 414 yards. That is still good enough for a 4.8 yards per carry mark, but he reached the end zone just twice all season, including one through the air, where he has also contributed with 14 catches for 86 yards.
When Jones-Drew does return to the field, it may be a bit extreme to expect him to carry your fantasy football team to the championship by himself. He has not appeared to be that back this season. But that is not to say that he cannot help your team either.
Jones-Drew could be back as soon as the Jaguars’ November 25 game against the Tennessee Titans in Week 12 of the 2012 NFL season. After that game, the Jags finish the season at the Buffalo Bills, against the New York Jets, at the Miami Dolphins, against the New England Patriots and then at the Titans again to finish the season. Miami is tough against the run, but the other opponents can all be run on at times.
That means that if you held on to MJD for this long, you must keep him reserved for a couple of more weeks.
If you can go out and get him cheap, then you should. It could pay off huge toward the end of the season.