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JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Jones-Drew Won't Play on Thursday

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Jones-Drew Won't Play on Thursday

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Byline: TANIA GANGULI

Maurice Jones-Drew will get the rest of the week off from practice and will not play in Thursday's final preseason game, Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said Monday.

"[He's] working, rehabbing, strengthening and gearing up for the regular season," Del Rio said. "We're going to hold him out of the short week here and eye the following week to get prepared for the Broncos as a return time."

The Pro Bowl running back missed three days of practice last week and did not travel to Tampa for Saturday night's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He had six carries in the first two preseason games against the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins and netted minus 2 yards with them.

Jones-Drew was little-used during the 2009 preseason, too. He had 10 carries in those four games and totaled 29 yards.

While Del Rio said he would prefer to have a player get more active work going into the regular season, the most important thing is that Jones-Drew be full strength next weekend when the Jaguars open their season against the Denver Broncos.

"I think that's more important than trying to decide whether or not he's going to be able to carry it 30 or 35 times," Del Rio said. "And we'll work through that when we get there, but right now we want to get him to the regular season as fit, healthy and conditioned as we can to begin the year."

SORTING OUT THE GUARDS

Kynan Forney, Justin Smiley and Vince Manuwai have been competing to be a starting guard for the Jaguars. Uche Nwaneri will start in one of the spots.

"We'll see this week, whether I'm the starting guard or I'm cut," Smiley said. "We'll see how they think of me."

Smiley said he has not been told where he stands, but understands that it's business decision that he won't take personally.

"It's all or nothing, but I face the facts," Smiley said. "I can look anybody in upper management's eyes and say I've done everything I've been asked to do. …

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