Jaguars’ Jones-Drew feeling better, hopes to play

SAN JOSE, CALIF. (AP) - Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew’s left foot is still hurting. His humor appears to be just fine.

Jones-Drew was held out of practice as a precaution on Wednesday after his foot swelled up in the morning, three days after he suffered a strained tendon while being tackled by Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson in the first half of Jacksonville’s 19-9 loss.

The veteran running back talked excitedly about visiting family and friends as the Jaguars stay in Northern California in preparation for Sunday’s game in Seattle. He grew up in Oakland and his mother still lives in the area.

But Jones-Drew also had some choice words for Tracy McGrady after the former NBA star went on Twitter and said the winless Jaguars should offer him a tryout at quarterback or wide receiver.

“Jacksonville (at)jaguars need to bring me on in for a tryout at QB or receiver!” McGrady tweeted on Monday.

Speaking with reporters at San Jose State’s Spartan Stadium where the Jaguars are practicing, Jones-Drew said McGrady should follow through and try out for the team.

“You’re more than welcome to come and sign a waiver and come to a live practice and see how it works out for you if it’s that easy,” Jones-Drew said.

Asked how many practices McGrady could make it through, Jones-Drew smiled.

“You never know,” Jones-Drew said. “He might be tougher than what most people think.”

Jones-Drew’s own health is in question this week.

He had taken a pitch and cut up the field when Woodson made a flying tackle after diving over Jacksonville left tackle Eugene Monroe midway through the second quarter last Sunday. Woodson appeared to grab Jones-Drew around his neck to make the tackle but no penalty was called.

“Not a dirty play,” said Jones-Drew, who limped off the field after the play and didn’t return. “It was a great play. For a guy at his age to kind of sell out to do that …. I thought it was a horse-collar but he made a phenomenal play.”

Jones-Drew said his foot got stuck in the turf.

The Jaguars had been hopeful of getting Jones-Drew on the field but pushed back plans to have him practice Wednesday after he woke up and noticed swelling in his injured foot.

Neither he nor coach Gus Bradley believe it’s a significant setback, however.

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