Maurice Jones-Drew Doesn't Know How Much He'll Play, Yet

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 24: Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 24, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew returned to practice on Monday afternoon, but he's not yet sure how much he's going to play against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1.

"Yeah I’m going to do the best I can and be ready," Jones-Drew told reporters when asked if he would be ready to contribute on Sunday. "That’s up to the coaches if they feel I’m ready. We’re going to communicate on that and if they feel I’m ready I’ll play, and if not that’s their choice."

Jones-Drew spent much of the day on Sunday after his return to the team with running back Sylvester Croom.

"Well we met for about six hours yesterday, so it was a long day, a nine-to-nine day yesterday," Jones-Drew said. "We went through the whole playbook. In football you have so many different types of learners. Guys that learn from the playbook, guys that go out there and do it. To be able to do both kind of helps you learn a little bit faster.

"It became more natural toward the end of practice," said Jones-Drew. "It’s more of a second nature now."

"Whoever starts, the other one will handle third downs and then get series on their own to give the other guy a blow so they can come back fresh," Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey said Monday.

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