JAGUARS NOTEBOOK;Jones-Drew’s wrist ruled OK

Jaguars running back Maurice

Jones-Drew had X-rays on his right wrist after Sunday’s game in

Buffalo and the results showed no major injury,

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said.

“He’s pretty quiet usually out there. He’s taken some shots and

delivered some shots and usually you don’t hear a lot,” Del Rio

said. “He was making a little noise, which made me be concerned,

but he’s fine. Checked out. They X-rayed it and everything. He’s

fine. No issue.”

Jones-Drew injured his wrist early in the fourth quarter against

the Bills at the end of a 17-yard run.

“He comes out and it looks like the season’s over with his hand,

the way he was screaming on the ground there,”

Jaguars quarterback David Garrard

said. “But he comes back in the game and is tough as all get

out.”

Jones-Drew said he put his hand on the ground to balance himself

and defenders piled on him to cause the injury. After taking a few

plays off, Jones-Drew returned to the game.

“When I got to the sideline, pretty much it calmed down a little

bit,” Jones-Drew said. “They asked if I could squeeze my hand, I

did the best job I could. I figured I would go out and try it to

see if it worked. It did, but Deji [Karim] was running the ball

well, so we decided to go with Deji and he did a great job.

“I don’t know, just been such a tough season with injuries so

far, man. Trying to stay healthy.”

Jones-Drew hasn’t missed a game, but he has been beaten up quite

a bit. He missed some time in the preseason with issues with his

knee, then missed one practice with an ankle injury last week.

Garrard said the team would have to limit Jones-Drew’s carries

and spell him with backups. Karim had 10 carries on Sunday, his

role expanded because of a shoulder injury to backup running back

Rashad Jennings.

“I’ve taken a couple of shots on the run, like one or two, and I

think to myself, ‘I don’t know how Maurice and the rest of the

running backs in this league do it,’ ” Garrard said. “That one shot

that I had was plenty. But I take my hat off to him because he gets

up and he keep battling out there.”

SIMS-WALKER REPORT “GARBAGE”

Del Rio had some strong words for a comment on ESPN by Chris

Mortensen that

Jaguars wide receiver Mike

Sims-Walker was on the trading block.

“That’s garbage,” Del Rio said. “False. Not credible. It’s

disappointing to see stuff like that just go out be thrown out

there haphazardly without anybody checking any sources. So I’m

disappointed that something like that would be out there for us to

discuss.”

Mortensen did not actually say Sims-Walker was on the trading

block. He was asked by co-worker Adam Schefter about receivers who

might be on the trading block during ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown

show. Mortensen speculated that Sims-Walker is a player who might

be “on the bubble.”

Theredzone.org created a headline that said ”

Jaguars WR Sims-Walker on the

trading block.”

Reached by phone, Mortensen said Del Rio texted him about the

situation and that he will call Del Rio to discuss what

happened.

CAREY IN TRANSITION

Jaguars defensive back Don Carey

played for a significant portion of Sunday’s game, often opposite

free safety Gerald Alexander.

“What you saw yesterday, Don Carey took about 30 snaps at

safety, so we’re bringing Don along,” Del Rio said. “Don has done a

nice job in his increased role. We’re looking to develop. We feel

like we’ve made some strides in that area.”

The

Jaguars claimed Carey off waivers

last summer. He was waived injured by the Cleveland Browns. Carey

was brought in as a backup cornerback, but the

Jaguars have been developing him at

safety.

“The more you can do, the better,” Carey said. “Finally got a

shot to get in the game, it felt good.”

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