There aren't many surprises heading into Thursday night's game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts, although there are a couple of question marks. The biggest name on fantasy rosters in tonight's matchup, running back Maurice Jones-Drew, remains out with a foot injury suffered in Week 7. While there has been no official timetable for his return, it appeared from the outset when Jones-Drew was on crutches and in a boot that it would be a multiple-week injury. Considering Associated Press reports that Jones-Drew is still in a boot and using a push cart to get around the Jaguars' training facility, the likelihood of him being ready for game action in the next 10 days seems highly unlikely. Like the saying goes, you need to be able to walk before you can run. It also stands to reason that you need to run before you can play football. Especially when you are a running back. On the flip side, there is no reason to think at this point that Jones-Drew's season is in jeopardy. The healing process for these injuries is slow and deliberate -- and has to be in the interest of returning to full health -- but even if he is not in practice, he is presumably progressing in his rehab effort. Until he begins field activities, though, it's hard to project any sort of timeline.
Here are a couple of other players who might be of interest on Thursday night.
Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts, knee (Q): Brown underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee shortly after the Week 5 game and missed the next two contests as a result. He returned in Week 8 and came out of the game reportedly unscathed, even returning to practice early in the week. Late in the week, however, he experienced swelling in the knee and was downgraded the day before the Week 9 game from probable to questionable. Brown was active for last Sunday's game nonetheless, although teammate Vick Ballard got the starting nod. Brown had one reception for 7 yards, garnered no carries and was out of the game early. It was later reported that he experienced some in-game swelling and soreness, hence the decision to use caution. Brown has not practiced all week but remains questionable for Thursday. His lack of practice doesn't necessarily translate to an automatic absence Thursday night. The rest for a short week may be what he needed most. That said, there likely won't be an announcement as to his status until just before game time, and if he is active, there's no telling how much he will play.
Donnie Avery, WR, Indianapolis Colts, hip (Q): Avery left last week's contest in the second half with a hip injury but it doesn't appear to have been anything serious. Avery was considered day-to-day early in the week but was able to get in two full practices Tuesday and Wednesday. It would appear, barring a setback, he will play Thursday night.
Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville Jaguars, shoulder (P): Gabbert tore the labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder in Week 7 but has managed to play without any obvious limitations in the last two games. He practiced fully again this week and is expected to start Thursday night.