Schefter: Maurice Jones-Drew could miss first game or two - [Full Article]

When asked about the status of Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Adam Schefter said this:

It wouldn't surprise me if Jones-Drew missed the first game or two... Usually these holdouts get settled around Labor Day. That's always an important time in lingering contractual issues. But something tells me this one will go a little longer, partly because of the strong comments that new Jaguars owner Shad Khan has made. Jones-Drew is a proud man, and Khan is a strong, successful man, and that equates to a late reporting date. Then, what should be a concern is Jones-Drew pulling a leg muscle. How many holdouts have we seen where the player tweaks a hamstring or quad muscle in his first week back? My sense is you'll get a couple of games out of [Rashad Jennings] in your fantasy league, and possibly a bit more.

Fantasy Impact: 

This is turning into a very difficult situation, not only in the realm of real football but in fantasy football as well. At this point, we're recommending owners shy away from Jones-Drew. But at some point in the draft, he becomes a risk worth taking.

For those owners, it's imperative that they also use a middle round pick on Rashad Jennings. Even when MJD returns, he is not guaranteed to get the type of workload that he received in previous years.

Jennings has looked terrific in the preseason and appears poised for significant backup duty even if Jones-Drew wins back the RB1 job. There is also the issue of increased injury risk of holdouts. This is a fantasy minefield.

Filed Under: 2012, Preseason