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Jaguars offense limited by injuries

Jacksonville managed just 291 yards against the Jets on Sunday.


The Jacksonville Jaguars are tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for the worst record in the AFC. The Jags, who lost to the Jets, 17-10, on Sunday, have been limited, primarily, because of big injuries on the offensive side of the ball.

Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey said after the game that the offense hasn't been able to get into a groove because of all the injuries:

"We have to be careful of some of the things we do only because we have some new guys that are in there. You have to be very careful in how you scheme. We all have to not be thinking too much. Based on the things we did, on OTAS and first met together, you have to be careful in how you do those things because you have a lot of new guys having to react and make some decisions with some who haven't had a lot of experience. You better be smart and let them play, and hopefully when they get their chances they'll make some plays."

The biggest injury, hands down, was to franchise running back Maurice Jones-Drew. He went down in Week 7 against the Oakland Raiders with a sprained foot.

Jones-Drew rushed for at least 1,300 yards over the last three seasons -- excluding 2012. Jones-Drew rushed for a league-high 1,606 yards last year with eight touchdowns. In his seven seasons with the Jaguars, Jones-Drew has 74 touchdowns to pace the Jaguars offense.

Without him, things have been ugly.

Jacksonville racked up just 291 yards on Sunday, but it was actually more than what the Jets finished with (270). Quarterback Chad Henne threw for just 185 yards in the loss. The ground game was actually a positive for the Jaguars. Montell Owens rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.

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