Maurice Jones-Drew, Blaine Gabbert out for Jaguars
By MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency
|Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew. (Reuters file photo)
Maurice Jones-Drew might not be gone for the season after all.
Contrary to initial reports that suggested the Jacksonville running back might be finished playing for 2012, ESPN reported Tuesday that Jones-Drew only suffered a sprained left foot against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. While such an ailment would keep him out for an extended period of time, it would not require season-ending surgery.
Quarterback Blaine Gabbert, meanwhile, was scheduled to meet with orthopaedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday for a second opinion on the suspected torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder that he absorbed in the 26-23 overtime loss to the Raiders.
Whatever the case, both Jones-Drew and Gabbert will be out of the lineup when the slumping Jags travel to Lambeau Field to take on the suddenly sizzling Packers on Sunday, a pair of ominous setbacks for a Jacksonville team that ranks last in the NFL in points and total yards.
Rashad Jennings is expected to replace Jones-Drew at running back while former Dolphin Chad Henne will start at quarterback.
HOLMGREN NOT LOOKING TOO HOT
When Mike Holmgren says he would not rule out coaching again one day, it leads to more questions than answers.
There was a time when anything in the football world Holmgren touched turned to gold. He won a Super Bowl with the Brett Favre-led Packers, brought the Seahawks to their only Super Bowl appearance and, in the process, was considered one of the best gridiron brains in the game.
But his legacy has been far from polished of late, suffering through lean times late in his tenure in Seattle before seeing the Browns go 10-29 during his time as Cleveland team president.
Holmgren, who will leave the Browns at the end of the season if not sooner, was asked if he might return to the sidelines one day.
“I don’t know. I do miss the coaching part,” Holmgren told reporters in Cleveland.
Holmgren added that “I think we did a lot of great things here.”
Here’s betting that many fans in Cleveland would disagree.
MARSHALL NOT HAPPY WITH SUH
The NFL found nothing wrong with the violent hit by Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh that injured the ribs of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on Monday night.
On the other hand, Bears receiver Brandon Marshall certainly does. And he took to the Twitter world on Tuesday to let everyone know it.
“A Suh. What u did to Jay wasn’t cool. Great players don’t have to do that,” Marshall tweeted.
For his part, Cutler, who does not expect to miss any time because of the hit, called the play “clean.” The NFL obviously agrees, confirming to NFL.com that Suh will not be fined for his actions.
Suh makes no apologies for the incident.
“I’m never a person to injure anybody and take anybody out of the game,” he told the Chicago Tribune.
It seems Brandon Marshall would beg to differ.
Maybe the San Diego Chargers aren’t the only team that has been using sticky goo to get a competitive advantage.
That seems to be the suggestion of the Idaho-based towel company whose product is involved in an NFL investigation of the Chargers. Referees found a Stickum-like substance on the towels used by the Chargers during an Oct. 15 game against Denver.
“We would believe that every team at one point over the last 10 years since we introduced this product, that every team at one point has probably had this or does have this,” Patrick Dugan, president of Gorilla Gold, told U-T San Diego. “I can say that I’m aware of several elite quarterbacks that over the past decade have been very dedicated to the use of this product.”