Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Abdomen Injury Limits Jones-Drew

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Abdomen Injury Limits Jones-Drew

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Just one day after Maurice Jones-Drew said the bye week helped him become healthy again, the Jaguars running back landed on the injury report.

Jones-Drew was listed as limited with an abdomen injury on Thursday.

Jones-Drew is expected to play Sunday. He has a history of playing with nagging injuries and has missed only one game in his five-year career. That was the 2007 season finale at Houston, when Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio rested his starters because the team had already clinched a playoff spot.

The Jaguars have to hope the injury doesn't limit Jones-Drew's effectiveness. Nagging injuries might have affected his play at the end of last season and at the beginning of this year.

Counting the last seven games of last season and the first seven this season, Jones-Drew had two 100-yard games in 14 games before he turned in three in a row for the first time in his career.

He will try to make it four in a row against the New York Giants on Sunday.

He is also chasing the elusive 150-yard rushing effort that Del Rio challenged Jones-Drew to reach.

Starting fullback Greg Jones also went on the Jaguars' injury report.

After practicing Wednesday, he didn't practice Thursday because of an ankle injury. The team will announce his status today.


Right tackle Eugene Monroe missed practice Thursday for the second consecutive day with a minor concussion but is expected to play Sunday.

Monroe needs to be at the top of his game because he has a tough assignment Sunday, taking on Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, one of the NFL's top pass-rushers.

The Jaguars received some encouraging news on the injury front when wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker, who missed the Browns game and Wednesday's practice with a high ankle sprain, practiced on a limited basis Thursday.

It remains to be seen if Sims-Walker can play, but the Jaguars will be thin at the position if he can't because Tiquan Underwood struggled Sunday when he replaced Sims-Walker as a starter and will likely go back to being a backup.

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