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Inside the Jaguars: MJD wait-and-see


JACKSONVILLE – Maurice Jones-Drew's status was wait-and-see much of last week.

As of Monday afternoon, that hadn't changed.

Jones-Drew, the Jaguars' three-time Pro Bowl running back who missed Sunday's loss to the Buffalo Bills with a hamstring injury, has a chance to play against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Head Coach Gus Bradley said Monday afternoon.

Bradley said more should be known about Jones-Drew's status later in the week.

"We'll wait and see where he is Wednesday," Bradley said Monday, a day after the Jaguars' 27-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills at EverBank Field on Sunday afternoon.

Jones-Drew is one of several Jaguars battling injury with two games remaining.

Not only is wide receiver Cecil Shorts III uncertain for the final two games with a groin injury, offensive guard Mike Brewster will miss the rest of the season with a fractured left ankle sustained on Sunday.

Defensive tackle Roy Miller (shoulder) also will continue to be monitored, Bradley said. Miller has been practicing on a limited basis in recent weeks, missing multiple days with the idea of being ready to play in the games.

"That's the plan again this week," Bradley said. "He's one tough son of a gun with what he's got going on. His biggest concern is he can play through it but he does not want to hurt the team. We felt like he played pretty good (Sunday). We appreciate that."

Linebacker Geno Hayes (knee) also will be day-to-day this week. He left the game Sunday twice with the injury, but returned each time and had a first-quarter interception.

"We're anticipating he should be OK by Sunday," Bradley said of Hayes.

Linebacker Russell Allen sustained a concussion Sunday and will be in the league's concussion program, and Bradley said guard Will Rackley was evaluated Monday after missing Sunday's game with concussion symptoms. Safety Johnathan Cyprien (thigh) also is day-to-day after missing Sunday.

Bradley said his ideal would be to elevate players from the practice squad in the event injured players are placed on injured reserve.

Also around the Jaguars:

*Bradley said the Jaguars struggled in the second quarter Sunday, particularly defensively. The Jaguars allowed 17 points in the quarter and allowed 102 rushing yards with nine missed tackles. "Coming out of it, we tightened some things up – better techniques and better tackling," Bradley said, noting that the Jaguars allowed 58 yards rushing and seven points in the second half....

*Bradley said a key this season is to find out of the Jaguars can "take a punch" – i.e., overcome adversity. He said while the defense struggled in the second quarter the way it played in the second half was a sign of being able to do that….

*Bradley said after reviewing video he felt good about the play-call on first-and-goal from the 1-yard line late in the fourth quarter. Running back Jordan Todman lost four yards on a toss right, and Bradley said guard Uche Nwaneri got off the ball late and fullback Will Ta'ufo'ou blocked low when he could have stayed high. "If we execute it right, it's a good play," Bradley said. "I feel good about."…

*Bradley said while young players could play in the final two games, "I think they have to warrant that. If it happens, it happens, but I'm not in the mindset of, 'Let's sit these guys and take a look at that.' We're going to play the guys who give us the best chance to improve." …

*The Jaguars' 159 yards rushing marked the fourth consecutive game the team has rushed for more than 100 yards after not doing so in any of the first 10 games of the season. Jordan Todman's 109 yards rushing also was the second time in as many weeks the Jaguars have had 100-yard rusher. Bradley said the return to health of tight end Marcedes Lewis has been critical in that area. "The offensive line is playing better, but he has been a key to that," Bradley said…

*Bradley said he spoke to rookie Denard Robinson immediately after his fumble on the 1-yard line went through the end zone for a touchback. He said although he spoke to him about using the moment as a learning tool, "We expect more in that situation from him. I want him to understand that we have a high standard. What happened there is unacceptable. You have to take care of the ball."…

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