Aug 22, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew (21) breaks free from Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk (50) before rushing for a touchdown during the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
With the Oakland Raiders having just 26 yards of rushing last week in their 19-14 loss to the New York Jets, the Raiders might be without their top running back in Maurice Jones-Drew.
Jones-Drew is no stranger to the Houston Texans (the Week 2 opponent of the Raiders) as he faced them twice a season when he was with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
But an NFL.com report is saying the following about Jones-Drew for his availability this weekend:
"“The running back confirmed Thursday he underwent a procedure on his right hand — not for a broken bone, he said — and wouldn’t rule himself out of the game.”"
Though CSN Bay Area wrote the following about the hand injury of Jones-Drew:
"“Though nothing formal has been announced, multiple sources have indicated that he won’t be available for the home opener.”"
Last week against the Jets, Jones-Drew rushed for 11 yards on nine carries.
In 2013, Jones-Drew had a lot of success against the Texans’ defense. When the Jaguars faced the Texans on Nov. 24 in Houston, the running back had 14 carries for 84 yards and one touchdown. In that game, he also had six receptions for 60 yards.
The second meeting on Dec. 5 was almost as good for MJD. In that game, he had 14 carries for 103 yards, but no touchdowns. He also has two receptions for 20 yards.
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Add all of that up, and in two games in a three-week span vs. Houston, Jones-Drew totaled 187 yards on 28 carries with one TD, along with eight receptions for 80 yards.
It might be best for the Texans if Jones-Drew sits this one out, because for his career against the Texans (13 games), Jones-Drew has 931 yards, an average of nearly 72 yards per game.
Last week, the Texans’ defense allowed the Redskins’ rushing attack to have 131 yards and a total of 372 yards of offense.
But even if he does play, maybe it will be a good test for this Texans defense to see where they stand after two weeks.