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Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew Can Practice Right Away

Now that running back Maurice Jones-Drew has ended his holdout, he can begin practicing with the Jaguars right away. Had Jones-Drew returned during the preseason, he would have been subjected to a three-day waiting period before he could practice in pads. That rule goes away following the final preseason game, so Jones-Drew will be eligible to practice as soon as Monday provided he is in shape.

The Jaguars begin preparations for their Week 1 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday and Rashad Jennings is still expected to be the starter. It is, however, likely that Jones-Drew will play substantially during the game.

Jones-Drew had a big 2011 season for the Jaguars, totaling 1,606 yards and eight touchdowns.

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