Del Rio Says No Surgery For Jones-Drew

Jaguars Pro Bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew has not had

knee surgery Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio said Monday.

Del Rio squelched the surgery rumors put out by an Internet blog

report which said Jones-Drew had the surgery.

”No,” he said. ”No, has not happened, is not necessary. He’s

working, rehabbing, strengthening and gearing up for the regular

season.”

Because of the team’s short week, they beat Tampa on Saturday,

Del Rio will give Jones-Drew, who has a sometimes balky left knee,

more rest and he won’t play against Atlanta on Thursday.

”There’s always a fine line,” Del Rio said. ”You want to work

your guys, they need to be ready to go, they need to be playing at

their best.”

Jones-Drew, who had 10 carries in the preseason last season, has

only six carries for minus-two yards this preseason, but Del Rio

said he’ll worry about the running back being in game shape

later.

”I think in terms of ideal scenarios you’d like to have a

little more active work going into it,” Del Rio said. ”I think

arriving to the regular season with him at full strength ready to

take his turn, I think that’s most important rather than trying to

decide whether or not he’s going to be able to carry it 30 or 35

carries.

A team spokesman said Jones-Drew declined to comment.