ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 15: Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars is tackled by Dominique Franks #24 and John Abraham #55 of the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on December 15, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew suffered an ankle injury in Thursday night's beat down by the Atlanta Falcons. Jones-Drew missed a few plays as the second quarter wound down into halftime, but he returned to the game. Jones-Drew ended the night with 112 yards on 17 carries, including a 43-yard run. Jones-Drew once again showed his toughness, coming back and playing through the injury in a blowout, but the Jaguars have to be careful. Jones-Drew missed Saturday's practice, to no one's surprise, and I wouldn't be shocked to see him sit out another or two this week.
While Jones-Drew is expected to play on Saturday against the Tennessee Titans, keeping him in blowout losses while he's injured isn't the greatest of ideas. I realize getting the rushing title is probably important for the offensive line and Jones-Drew, despite what he says publicly, but it has to be done intelligently. There are only two games left in the season, but you still don't want to throw him out there on a bad ankle and either injure it worse or injure something else while trying to compensate for the ankle injury. Without Jones-Drew on offense, I'm not sure this Jaguars team will ever score a point.