After skipping last season's offseason program, training camp and preseason in protest of his contract, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew missed the final 10-plus games of the 2012 regular season and the team's 2013 OTAs and minicamp with a foot injury that required Lisfranc surgery last December.
Jones-Drew, 28, still doesn't have a new contract, but plans to be ready and in attendance for the start of training camp, Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union reports.
"The foot feels great," Jones-Drew said on Monday from his first Celebrity Golf Classic Charity Fundraiser at the Palencia Golf Course in St. Augustine, Fla. "I just want to get back out there and play. That’s my goal. I want to be back out there with my teammates. I miss those guys not being able to do battle with them. That was tough, especially the year we had."
Without Jones-Drew, the Jaguars averaged 85.6 yards per game on the ground, which ranked 30th in the NFL. Despite playing in just over five games, Jones-Drew led the Jaguars with 414 rushing yards as he averaged nearly five yards per attempt. Rashad Jennings and Montell Owens, neither of whom remain with the Jaguars, were second and third on the team in rushing, combing for 492 yards and three of the team's five rushing touchdowns on the season.
Jones-Drew spent part of the offseason workouts rehabbing his foot injury in Miami following an incident where he was accused of "sucker punching" a security guard at the Conch House restaurant on May 26. Jones-Drew had no information about that case on Monday, but received some good news on Tuesday.
According to the Florida Times-Union, assistant state attorney Christopher France has filed an "announcement of no information", which means the state will not proceed with simple battery charges against Jones-Drew.
Jones-Drew issued the following statement (via John Oehser of Jaguars.com):
"Naturally, I am pleased with this result and look forward to focusing on football. My rehab is going well and I'm anxious to join my teammates at the start of training camp."
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