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Jaguars describe Maurice Jones-Drew as “very questionable”

Maurice Jones-Drew

FILE - This Sept. 9, 2012 file photo shows Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) carrying the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, in Minneapolis. In a little more than a week, Jones-Drew has gone from holdout to backup to starter. Jones-Drew returns to his usual role Sunday against AFC South rival Houston. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross, File)


Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has missed six straight games since suffering a foot injury in Week Seven, but there’s a chance he’ll finally return to the field on Sunday.

Just not a very good chance: Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey said today that Jones-Drew is “very questionable” for Sunday’s game against the Jets.

The Jaguars lost Jones-Drew’s backup, Rashad Jennings, to a concussion on Sunday, so if Jacksonville had anything to play for, the loss of Jennings might add to the urgency to get Jones-Drew back on the field. But with nothing to play for other than perhaps the first overall pick in the draft, it seems unlikely that the Jaguars would rush Jones-Drew back at less than 100 percent.

After leading the league in rushing last year, Jones-Drew got off to a solid start this year despite holding out for the entire offseason in an unsuccessful attempt to get the Jaguars to give him a new contract. But the injury has derailed his season and sends him into the offseason with even less leverage in contract negotiations.

If Jones-Drew and Jennings are both out, the Jaguars would likely go with a combination of Montell Owens and Richard Murphy at running back against the Jets, in a game that could set offensive football back 50 years.