Jaguars vs. Falcons 2013: Maurice Jones-Drew unlikely to play

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The Jaguars will likely be without Maurice Jones-Drew against the Falcons on Thursday.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be playing their final preseason game on Thursday evening against the Atlanta Falcons, but it's unlikely that starting running back Maurice Jones-Drew will be in the lineup, or even in pads. After practice on Monday, head coach Gus Bradley said it was unlikely he'll play on Thursday.

To be honest, Jones-Drew probably shouldn't.

The Jaguars have been playing it safe with Jones-Drew, giving him light work in the preseason against the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles, but it's unnecessary for him to play on Thursday. He's going to be an important part of the Jaguars offense and he appears to be completely healthy, so rest is in the team's best inteterest.

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