Rashad Jennings Injury: Updates on Jaguars RB's Concussion

Alex KayCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 25:  Rashad Jennings #23 of the Jacksonville Jaguars rushes for yardage during the game against the Tennessee Titans at EverBank Field on November 25, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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The Jacksonville Jaguars are already razor thin at the running back position, and things just got worse as starter Rashad Jennings has headed to the locker room with a concussion.

UPDATE: Sunday, December 30 at 12:03 p.m. ET by Rick Weiner

Jacksonville's Week 17 injury report is out, and, courtesy of Rant Sports' Dov Kleiman, Rashad Jennings is not listed (via Twitter):

#Jaguars inactives against the #Titans:Montell Owens, Jordan Long, Eben Britton, Uche Nwaneri, Allen Reisner, John Chick, Antwaun Molden.

— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_RealUpdates) December 30, 2012

But Jennings will not be suiting up for Jacksonville in the season finale, as the running back has been placed on injured reserve.

According to the Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran, Jennings' season comes to an end due to a shoulder injury, not the concussion he sustained against Buffalo in Week 13.

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 23 at 11:48 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Rashad Jennings has been listed as inactive for Sunday's game against New England and will be unavailable to the Jaguars in Week 16 according to the Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran via Twitter:

#Jaguars inactives: Jennings, Jones-Drew, Molden, Marshall, Britton,Lane, Grimes.

— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) December 23, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 16 at 11:35 a.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

The official Twitter account of the Jacksonville Jaguars listed Rashad Jennings as one of the team's inactives for Week 15.

Jaguars inactives: Quan Cosby, Rashad Jennings, Jordan Todman, Aaron Ross, Maurice Jones-Drew, Andre Branch, George Selvie.

— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) December 16, 2012

Montell Owens will take over the starting running back duties after totaling 91 rushing yards and a touchdown last week against the New York Jets. He becomes a decent fantasy play with no one else in the backfield. 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, December 12 at 12:34 p.m. ET

Rough news for fantasy owners and Jaguars fans hoping to see Rashad Jennings this week. Associated Press' Mark Long reports that the Jags' RB has yet to pass his concussion test.

Jaguars RB Rashad Jennings has not passed his concussion test. CB Aaron Ross (calf) limited. MJD (foot) will not practice today

— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) December 12, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, Dec. 9 at 11:40 a.m. ET by Pete Schauer

According to Jacksonville's official twitter account, Jennings is listed as inactive for today's home game against the New York Jets:

#Jaguars inactives: Jennings Jones-Drew, Ross, Brewster, Shorts, Selvie, Chick

— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) December 9, 2012

Montell Owens will get the start in the backfield for the Jaguars.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 12:r0 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

It's not looking good for Jennings this week, as he still hasn't passed his concussion test. From Mark Long of the Associated Press:

Mularkey says Shorts has passed concussion test, but is still having symptoms. Jennings and Selvie have not passed. #Jaguars

— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) December 5, 2012

I wouldn't expect to see him this week. The problems at running back for the Jaguars continue.

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UPDATE: Monday, Dec. 3 at 2:00 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

It was not a good weekend for the Jaguars. First came the loss at Buffalo on Sunday. Now the team has learned that Jennings did, in fact, sustain a concussion, according to Eugene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union

Mularkey injury update on Shorts, Jennings, both concussions: Being tested on Tuesday, along with DE George Selvie. Brewster hand is broken

— Eugene Frenette (@GeneFrenette) December 3, 2012

 The Jaguars lack depth at the running back position, so Jennings' sustaining a concussion is a big deal. The team needs him to be healthy if they want to keep a running game going.


According to the Jags’ official Twitter feed, the RB will not return to the game:

Rashad Jennings is being walked into the lockerroom.Has a head injury and will not return.Brewster is questionable with hand injury.

— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) December 2, 2012

Jennings had just earned his third opportunity as a starter, and was largely ineffective in his first two outings.

He was the starter at the beginning of the season, and earned a chance to start again after Maurice Jones-Drew went down with an injury in Week 7 against the Oakland Raiders, but found himself benched shortly after for Jalen Parmele.

Now that Parmele is on the IR with a groin injury, it was supposed to once again be Jennings’ turn in Jacksonville. However, this possible concussion throws a wrench in those plans and forces coach Mike Mularkey to lean on an unproven, hardly-utilized player to shoulder the rushing load.

Montell Owens and Jordan Todman are the two players likely to split carries out of the backfield in Jennings’ absence moving forward. However, Todman is inactive against the Buffalo Bills and won't be able to contribute in this contest, so Owens will serve as the featured back for the remainder of Sunday’s game. 

MJD is on the comeback path and his status was up in the air prior to kickoff in Week 13. There’s a chance he'll be back in Week 14, which would give a significant boost to the Jags backfield.

Fantasy owners should drop Jennings, as his value was already low and now approaching zero with this latest head injury.

Keep it tuned here for the latest news, updates, opinions and fantasy analysis on Rashad Jennings, his latest injury, the diagnosis, prognosis and much more.


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