Maurice Jones-Drew is confident that the hamstring injury he suffered during the Jacksonville Jaguars' win over the Houston Texans on Thursday night won't keep him from playing Week 15. Jones-Drew went on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and said that he will "definitely" be able to suit up against the Buffalo Bills, via Pro Football Talk:
That's always been the plan," Jones-Drew said. " Right now, I mean, I just want to make sure everything is on track. And then we'll see how it goes next week but I expect to be out there playing with my teammates."
Jones-Drew underwent an MRI on Friday to determine the severity of the injury that knocked him out during the fourth quarter of the Jaguars' win Thursday. Jones-Drew was in the midst of his best rushing performance of the season, with 14 carries for a season-high 103 yards. He went down in clear pain after a tackle, but was able to get up and walk off the field under his own power.
Apparently the results of the MRI were encouraging:
"It's what we, I think, what we figured out was just a strained hamstring," Jones-Drew said. "I've played with those before so it's not that big of a deal. You just have to get the necessary treatments and things done so you can get back and get on the field for Sunday."
Jones-Drew is having a rough season in a contract year. Through 13 games, he is averaging a career-low 3.5 yards per carry for the 4-9 Jaguars. His previous career-low was 4.2 YPC set in 2008. After the game Thursday, Jones-Drew told NFL Network that he would like to stay in Jacksonville beyond the 2013 season, but his poor production could keep him from earning a suitable long-term offer.