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Friday, September 4, 2009
Del Rio confident Jones-Drew OK with leg bruise

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky


The Jaguars played well and got their first preseason win Thursday night, 24-17 over Washington in Jacksonville.

Jack Del Rio said he was pleased with the play of his offensive line, which included rookie tackles Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton and Tony Pashos at right guard.

But most important was a status report on Maurice Jones-Drew, who left the game with what Del Rio called a leg bruise.

“I guess the best way to describe it, he took one of those UFC shots to the shin or to the lower leg,” Del Rio said after the game. “Those guys will stun each other with a kick. I think he took a good shot there and got a bruise. The X-rays were negative, all that stuff. He’s probably a little sore but he’ll be OK. I think he was frustrated more than anything that the guy went low there. I think he wanted to get his hands on him if he could, but he’ll be OK.”

Those assurances are fine, but every coach, player and fan goes into the preseason finale fearing an injury that could impact opening day.

We’ll have to monitor it as the team begins to prepare for Sept. 13 in Indianapolis.