Nov 18, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) leaves the field after a game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. The Texans defeated the Jaguars 43-37. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Maurice Jones-Drew To Begin Rehab

Sep 30, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Everbank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars star running back Maurice Jones-Drew is set to begin rehab following the removal of the boot around his leg.  MJD injured his ankel in a game against the Oakland Raiders during the 2012 season.  The league-leading rusher in 2011, Jones-Drew led the Jaguars in rushing for the 2012 season even though he missed 10 games.  Without him the offense took a severe turn for the worse.

MJD held out last offseason in an effort to sign a big extension from then GM Gene Smith.  This season he has been far more welcoming to the new regime in Jacksonville headed by GM Dave Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley.  Jones-Drew will have to perform during the 2013 season in order to show that he is worth re-investing in for the Jaguars who are rebuilding on the heels of some disastrous free agent signings.

Jones-Drew will have the boot removed later this week and will begin rehab soon after.  The sooner he gets back on the field, the better.  He’ll be wearing the new Jaguars uniforms and helping to build a new beginning in Jacksonville.

– Luke N. Sims

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