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MJD Goes MIA

Monday, October 22, 2012


Chris Johnson staged an extended holdout last year and had a stunningly poor season. In 2007, Larry Johnson held out and then struggled for eight weeks before going down with a foot injury. Way back in 1999, Jamal Anderson executed an ugly holdout and then tore his ACL in Week 2.

We might have to add Maurice Jones-Drew to the list of running back holdouts gone bad.

On the Jaguars’ very first drive Sunday, Jones-Drew got tackled awkwardly. It was announced as a left foot injury and he never returned to the 26-23 overtime loss.

“It felt like a little boo-boo but the second time obviously I felt it so I came out," MJD said. "I wanted to be out there with those guys today."

Coach Mike Mularkey revealed no details about Jones-Drew after the game. He didn’t know the exact extent of the injury and didn’t know if his star back will return for Week 8.

We do know that Jones-Drew was on crutches and in a walking boot Sunday afternoon. We also know that talented backup Rashad Jennings had 102 yards and a touchdown in relief. Finally, we know that running backs and foot injuries don't mix well. Adjust accordingly as we wait for Monday afternoon’s update.

In other injury news from Week 7...

FRED DAVIS: ACHILLES’ TENDON
Fred Davis got tangled up with Antrel Rolle in the back of the end zone and took the worst of it. The contract-year tight end tore his left Achilles’ tendon and is out for the season.

Logan Paulsen came on a posted a 4/72/0 line as an every-down tight end, but the former undrafted free agent really just a plodding blocker type at 6’5/261. The Redskins know this, so they are expected to finalize a deal with long-time pass-catching tight end Chris Cooley shortly. The Redskins’ tight end spot is looking like a fantasy black hole for the rest of the season.

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TRENT RICHARDSON: RIBS
The Browns said all week that Trent Richardson’s rib cartilage injury wasn’t that big a deal. Apparently they weren’t being totally forthcoming.

Richardson didn’t play at all in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Colts even though he said he could have.  

"He just, in my opinion, the way the game was going wasn't quite effective and maybe the injury contributed," coach Pat Shurmur said about the benching.

Richardson conceded that the injury is bothering him more than people think.

“Coach didn’t think I was as I usually am,” he said. “That’s something I have to swallow. It’s a process trying to get back. The injury I have is much bigger than what folks think it is, and I don’t want to do anything to hurt the team.”

The good news is that Richardson emerged from the game without any setbacks. He’ll have to prove his health and effectiveness again in practice this week. The Browns’ bye is in Week 10.

Editor’s Note: For early Week 8 rankings, check out the Season Pass!

OTHER OFFENSIVE INJURY NOTES
Ben Tate sustained a hamstring injury, but the Texans expect him to heal up during the bye week. … Dez Bryant took a concussion test on the sideline but was cleared to return. … Blaine Gabbert is headed for an MRI on his non-throwing shoulder after leaving Sunday’s overtime loss early. … Aaron Hernandez may have tweaked his ankle injury. He didn’t look like he was running well in the fourth quarter and overtime. … John Carlson left with concussion symptoms. … Pierre Garcon reportedly has a torn tendon in his foot and will likely be held out through the Week 10 bye.

DEFENSIVE INJURY NOTES
Redskins ILB London Fletcher is headed for an MRI on his hamstring. He’s never missed a game in his 15-yaer career. … Cowboys ILB Sean Lee sprained his big toe.



Adam Levitan is in his fifth season covering football and basketball for Rotoworld. He won the Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for Best Series in 2011 and 2009, and ESPN's overall fantasy football title in 2000. Find him on Twitter.
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