If the Jacksonville Jaguars don't have Maurice Jones-Drew for their third preseason game Saturday, they'll have to get creative.
Beat writer Vito Stellino of The Florida Times-Union tweeted Thursday that Jones-Drew has missed three days of practice as the Jaguars prepare for their trip to Tampa Bay.
"Injuries plaguing jags," (sic) Stellino concluded cryptically.
Should head coach Jack Del Rio decide to keep Jones-Drew out, it'll be tough to get a read on his offense against the Buccaneers. In the current four-game preseason format, NFL teams often use the third game to get their starters ready for the regular season.
And, from Jacksonville's run-heavy game plan to blitz pickups on third down, Jones-Drew is the unquestioned focal point of the offense. He's an All-Pro, a Pro Bowler, and the Jaguars' best player.
In that light, removing him from the equation ought to be awfully educational.
Considering Jacksonville's depth chart at running back and the talent at other positions, they'd have three plausible courses of action. Would any of them be as good as having Jones-Drew?