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Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew Says He Should Have Had Surgery Earlier
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew indicated Monday as the players said their goodbyes that he probably should have had the surgery sooner, Vito Stellino of the Florida Times Union reports.
“I should have had it a little earlier than when I did but it’s just something that you learn from,’’ he said. “You’ve just got to keep going.’’
Jones-Drew, who will be taking classes at UCLA and rehabbing in Los Angeles in the offseason, was back on a cart after having the surgery in Charlotte, N.C., last week.
When asked if he regrets not getting the surgery earlier, he said, “It’s a part of the deal I guess. I tried to go. It just didn’t work and then finally enough was enough.’’
The possibility of having surgery immediately after the injury was an option, he said, “but at the time when we were talking about it, the thought was to let it heal a little bit and see how things go. Just waited a little too long at the end of the day.’’
Jones-Drew will be entering the final year of his contract next season. He skipped training camp last August in a failed attempt to get a new contract.
To illustrate how much the running game faltered without him, Jones-Drew was the team’s leading rusher with 414 yards even though he suffered the injury on the first play of the sixth game in Oakland. Rashad Jennings, who also wound up on injured reserve, was second with 283 yards.
Source: The Redzone
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