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Jacksonville Jaguars rule out Maurice Jones-Drew

Viewed as being highly unlikely to play, the Jacksonville Jaguars have now officially listed star running back Maurice Jones-Drew out leading up to Sunday’s contest against the New England Patriots. Jones-Drew has been out since Week 7 and wasn’t expected to even play in a game this year, and the only chance he has of playing in another game this season is in Week 17 now.

The Jags back recently stated that he would not hold out again next offseason after holding out this past offseason. He will be making just under $5 million in his final year of the contract during the 2013 season, so Jones-Drew will hope that he isn’t plagued by injuries next season like he has been in 2012.

MJD was in the midst of another successful campaign after averaging nearly 70 yards per game with an average of 4.8 yards per carry overall. The Patriots, as expected, won’t have to deal with another top back as it would have taken something of a miracle from Maurice Jones-Drew to have been healthy enough to play in this game.

The Jaguars previously held out some hope for the back this week, but that hope was very slim and has been squashed. The Patriots tough run defense will most likely shutdown Montell Owens and the Jaguars running game, because they held down two top backs these past two weeks in Arian Foster and Frank Gore.

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