The Jacksonville Jaguars hope injured running back Maurice Jones-Drew will be ready for football activities in May after having surgery on his foot Friday, according to the Associated Press.
Jones-Drew hadn't played since Oct. 21, but the team hoped he would make it back before the end of the season:
"We had hoped it would - as others have - heal without surgery, and it didn't," coach Mike Mularkey said Friday.
While the Jaguars waited for their franchise running back to return to action, they finished the year at 2-14 overall with a 38-20 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. The 2-14 record is the worst in franchise history. Even in their first year, 1995, the Jaguars won four games.
With Jones-Drew due back in May, Mularkey said he's "not going to miss a lot," since practice starts April 15.
Jones-Drew was looking for a fourth consecutive season of at least 1,300 yards rushing, but the foot injury stuffed that streak. He finished the season with 414 yards on 86 carries in six games.
Jones-Drew rushed for a league-high 1,606 yards last season.