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Mike Mularkey: Maurice Jones-Drew might play right away

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11:22 AM ET 08.26 | With the regular season starting two weeks from Sunday, Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey left open the possibility that running back Maurice Jones-Drew could still start the season if he returns soon. When he was asked if Jones-Drew could still return soon and start the year, Mularkey said, "It depends on him. What kind of shape he's in. How fast he picks up the system. I'm not going to put him in a position where he has any chance to fail because in the long run, we all fail. I'm not going to expose him to failure. It's not going to happen. If he's ready and all those conditioning wise [things], and he picks it up immediately, the faster he can progress, yes. I don't know where we're at right now. I have no idea." When Mularkey was asked if there is a point of no return, he said, "I've never gone through this process with any player at any position, so I don't know where we'll be when we get to it."

Florida Times-Union

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August 26, 2012  11:43 AM ET

That's why some player decisions are left to coaches. The sheik can manage the money but let the coach determine who plays.

August 26, 2012  12:16 PM ET

I think we can all hear Blaine Gabbert praying for MJ-D's immediate resigning and return.

August 26, 2012  12:55 PM ET

Sounds like a bunch of Mularkey...

August 26, 2012  01:03 PM ET

I'm done with this crybaby trade him to the bears so he and cutler can have sob sessions

August 26, 2012  07:37 PM ET

Trade him while he is still healthy and carries some hefty trade weight.

 
August 27, 2012  03:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I think we can all hear Blaine Gabbert praying for MJ-D's immediate resigning and return.

Agreed!

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