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Thursday, December 26, 2013
RTC: MJD proves he's still productive

By Michael DiRocco

Maurice Jones-Drew has had a pretty rough year on the field.

The one-year anniversary of the surgery he had for a broken left foot recently passed. The recovery and rehab from the surgery prevented him from working out the way he normally does during the offseason. When he was finally able to work out, he tried to cram as much conditioning work in as he could during the summer.

Over the last four months he has battled residual effects from the foot injury, a sprained ankle, and a strained hamstring. But he believes what he has done on the field this season proves he can still be a productive running back as he approaches 30, writes the Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran.

"It's been a long ride since [the surgery], but it was worth it," Jones-Drew said.

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