Friday, September 20, 2013
Jones-Drew questionable for Seattle game
By Michael DiRocco
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars definitely won’t have starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert and tight end Marcedes Lewis for Sunday’s game at Seattle, but whether running back Maurice Jones-Drew will play is still uncertain.
Jones-Drew was listed as questionable on the Friday injury report because of the tendon strain in his left ankle, but he did have limited participation in practice. If his ankle responds favorably on Saturday and Sunday morning, then he should be on the field against the Seahawks.
"It’s a little swollen -- first time cutting [was today] -- but nothing you can’t play through," Jones-Drew said. "Obviously coach wants me to be as close to 100 percent as possible, so that’s what I’m working towards right now and we’ll see how things go."
Jones-Drew suffered the injury late in the first half of the Jaguars’ 19-9 loss to Oakland. He was tackled up high by Raiders safety Charles Woodson and his left foot got caught in the turf and twisted. He did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday because he still had swelling.
"They [teammates] were uplifted by the way he worked out today," Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said.
Lewis has yet to play this season after aggravating a previous injury to his left calf during practice on Sept. 5. He first suffered the injury during pregame warm-ups for the Jaguars’ preseason game against the New York Jets on Aug. 17. Lewis did some running on Tuesday, but Bradley said Lewis’ calf still doesn’t feel right.
"He worked out and it’s much better than it has been, but he still felt it a little bit," Bradley said. "For us, to have him come back after what happened last time, we decided we’re just going to hold him out."
Lewis had missed only three games in his first seven years.
Gabbert (lacerated hand) was officially ruled out on Friday, but Bradley said on Monday that it was highly unlikely that he would be able to play against Seattle. Gabbert had some of the 15 stitches in the back of his hand removed this week and has gradually increased his throwing.
In addition, receiver Mike Brown (back) is also out while guard Uche Nwaneri (knee) and cornerback Alan Ball (groin) are questionable. Bradley said Ball’s playing status depends on how he fares in pregame warm-ups.