Jones-Drew ahead of schedule with knee

Maurice Jones-Drew has established himself as one of the top running backs in fantasy football. So when rumors surfaced that his ailing left knee was “bone on bone” at the end of last season and could require microfracture surgery, it drew the immediate attention of owners.

Fortunately, it looks like the man nicknamed “Pocket Hercules” is well on his way to being healthy and in the Jaguars backfield in 2011.

During an interview on SiriusXM radio earlier this week, he revealed that his recovery is ahead of schedule after having a surgical procedure to repair a damaged meniscus in January. Jones-Drew also said that he’s already able to run on the knee, which is something that wasn’t initially expected to happen until May.

While fantasy leaguers still need to keep tabs on his progress in the weeks and months to come, at least the immediate concern about his knee has declined. Barring setbacks, he’ll be worth a first-round pick in most leagues — but it’s still a good idea for Jones-Drew owners to also target Rashad Jennings as insurance.

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