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Jones-Drew has foot surgery, out five months
Jacksonville's worst season in franchise history may include a botched injury.
Star running back Maurice Jones-Drew had surgery on his left foot Friday and will be out at least until May. The operation came 10 weeks after Jones-Drew hurt his foot at Oakland on Oct. 21 and created plenty of questions about why the team didn't opt for surgery months ago.
The Jaguars (2-13) were 1-5 after that loss, in the middle of a seven-game losing streak, and knew Jones-Drew would be out an extended period.
Surgery was an option back then. Instead, the team held out hope Jones-Drew could return.
"We had hoped it would - as others have - heal without surgery, and it didn't," coach Mike Mularkey said Friday.
Mularkey said the two-month delay means little because players can't start offseason work with coaches until April 15.
"Hopefully back by May, late May, early June," Mularkey said. "If it's May, we're not going to miss a lot. I don't think it's significant that we're doing it now. We all felt like he had a chance to play all the way up until this week, and really we were hoping he could."
Ravens' Reed fined $55K, Panthers' Newton $31K
Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed was fined $55,000 by the NFL for his high hit on Victor Cruz last weekend.
Reed struck the wide receiver in the head and neck area, and was penalized for the hit in the game. He had a one-game suspension last month for several helmet-to-helmet hits reduced to a $50,000 fine.
Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was fined $21,000 for abusive conduct toward a game official, and another $10,000 for kicking Oakland's Tommy Kelly after a play was over. Newton shouted at and bumped referee Jerome Boger.
New England's Vince Wilfork was docked $30,000 for hitting Jacksonville offensive lineman Steve Vallos in the head with his forearm on a play in which possession changed.
Bess ruled out of Dolphins' finale at New England
Receiver Davone Bess has been ruled out of the Miami Dolphins' season finale Sunday at New England because of a back injury.
It will be the third consecutive game Bess has missed. He finishes the season with 61 catches for 778 yards and one score.
Cornerback Nolan Carroll (knee) and defensive tackle Randy Starks (family reasons) were listed Friday as questionable.