The preseason can drive fantasy football owners insane when it comes to injuries, especially when the injured player is a consensus top-five draft pick.
Luckily in the case of Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew, the lower ‘extremity’ injury he sustained on Thursday night against the Redskins doesn’t appear to be serious. He hurt his leg on the opening series when Redskins cornerback Fred Smoot tackled him after a short reception.
X-rays on the leg were negative, and the smallish runner was scheduled to have a precautionary MRI on Friday.
Jones-Drew should be fine for the Jaguars’ regular-season opener against the Colts. However, the ailment does bring two concerns to the forefront. First, Jones-Drew will have to handle a full workload for the first time in his career with Fred Taylor out of the mix.
Whether or not he can handle it remains to be seen.
The UCLA product doesn’t have a concrete fantasy handcuff behind him on the depth chart. Greg Jones appears to be the favorite entering Week 1, but he’s not a solid option. Nor is Montell Owens who, along with Jones, is a lock to make the team.
Rookie Rashad Jennings has missed time and hasn’t been very impressive preseason, but he has upside and is likely to make the roster. Chauncey Washington, Alvin Pearman, Brock Bolen and Josh Vaughan are all competing for the final spot. None seem to be equipped to handle a featured role if Jones-Drew goes down.
Fantasy leaguers need to pray that he doesn’t.