Jags rule out RB Jones-Drew for Sunday

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday ruled out running back Maurice Jones-Drew for Week 16 against the Patriots due to a foot injury.

This Sunday will mark the ninth straight game that Jones-Drew, the NFL's leading rusher in 2011, has missed, and it opens up the door to one of a number of reserve running backs taking on a starting role.

The Patriots have been preparing to face Jones-Drew this week, and have made it abundantly clear how much they respect what he brings to the field as a player.

Said head coach Bill Belichick of Jones-Drew, "He brings everything. He has great balance, vision, power for his size. He’s a thick guy, hard to put on the ground. [He] sees the holes well, runs with good power, has good speed, catches the ball well out of the backfield, he’s dangerous on the check-downs and flare routes, screens, things like that. He’s very good in the line of scrimmage on the inside runs, very good on the outside runs. He’s a tough guy to handle in space. He does everything well."

Montell Owens, a seventh-year player out of Maine, started for the Jaguars in Week 15. Rashad Jennings and Jalen Parmele have also started in Jones-Drew's absence.