#Jaguars place RB Maurice Jones-Drew on IR so he'll finish by missing last 10 games.— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) December 28, 2012
UPDATE: Friday, December 28 at 1:00 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald
The official Jaguars Twitter page reports that Jones-Drew will go under the knife on Friday:
Maurice Jones- Drew is having surgery today in Charlotte and will be out until probably May. #Jaguars— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) December 28, 2012
Amidst a 2-13 season with a lot of uncertainty looming in the offseason, MJD's extended recovery period will only further complicate matters for the recently maligned franchise.
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Jones-Drew will miss Jacksonville's final game of the season against Tennessee, marking the 10th-straight game the rusher has missed in 2012. His move to IR comes just nine days after MJD spoke with the Associated Press (via Fox News) regarding his nagging foot injury, saying:
I just don't want to go out there and put anybody else in jeopardy if I can't be full speed. If I can't go out there and fully protect our quarterback, help our offensive line and block, I'm not going to go out there and put somebody else's life in jeopardy.
This news marks the worst season in Jones-Drew's seven-year NFL career statistically. His 414 yards rushing and one touchdown in 2012 mark his lowest totals ever in both categories. Sadly enough for the Jaguars, No. 32's 414 yards rushing still leads the team in that category heading into Week 17.
In what has been a miserable season for the 2-13 Jaguars, missing Jones-Drew against the Titans is probably more helpful than harmful.
If he were to play in the contest, there's literally nothing the team can gain other than a meaningless late-season victory. And of course, there's always the chance of doing further damage to a foot that still isn't fully healed.
The Jaguars' season is over. They might as well make it official that MJD's is as well.