Two days before the team plays its final game of the year, the Jacksonville Jaguars placed Maurice Jones-Drew on injured reserve as their star running back has surgery on his left foot.
Coach Mike Mularkey says Jones-Drew ran again Monday and complained of soreness, so the team sent him to Charlotte, N.C., for a checkup. Renowned foot specialist Dr. Bob Anderson told the Jaguars that the foot wasn't healing as well as expected, so they opted for surgery
Jones-Drew has missed nine games after injuring his foot at Oakland on Oct. 21. The team will play its last game of its worst season in franchise history on Sunday in Tennessee.
Mularkey says Jones-Drew will be "hopefully back by May, late May, early June."
Also Friday, the Jaguars announced they signed rookie defensive tackle Jerome Long off Kansas City’s practice squad.
Long, 6-4, 285, was a seventh-round draft pick of the Chiefs in the 2012 draft and spent the first 15 games on the club’s practice squad. He was a four-year letterman at San Diego State.
Long earned All-Mountain West Conference second-team honors as a senior after totaling a career-high 69 tackles, eight tackles for loss and five sacks. He started 10 of 13 games as a junior and posted six tackles for loss and 30 tackles.
A native of Los Osos, Calif., Long attended Morro Bay High School where he played along the defensive line and at tight end. He also was a member of the wrestling team where he earned three league titles.
Long will wear jersey number 70.