Jaguars RB Jones-Drew doubtful to face Redskins

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has missed a third consecutive day of practice, casting doubt about his availability against Washington.

Jones-Drew was listed at doubtful on Friday's injury report, but coach Jack Del Rio declined to reveal whether he expects his star to try to play against the Redskins.

Del Rio says the Jaguars are "going to monitor his condition throughout the weekend."

Jones-Drew has dealt with knee problems most of the season, but his right one really became problematic after his sixth consecutive 100-yard game, Dec. 12 against Oakland. He missed two days of practice last week, and Indianapolis held him to 46 yards on the ground.

He sat out practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week.


At San Francisco, the 49ers are staying put until at least 2014 after the football team reached a tentative deal with the city on repairs to Candlestick Park.

Mayor Gavin Newsom met with president Jed York this week to hammer out the deal, which settles a $60 million claim filed by the 49ers. It alleged that the city failed to complete required maintenance on the stadium, including flood control work and replacing seats.

Under the agreement, the team will get rent credit for doing the repairs itself. It also adds flexibility to its lease after the 2014 season, when it plans to move to a new stadium in Santa Clara.

Newsom told the San Francisco Chronicle the deal helps pave the way for the team to reconsider leaving the city and instead build at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard site.


At Eden Prairie, Minn., Leslie Frazier counted Brett Favre out once before. He's not about to do it again.

The Minnesota Vikings listed Favre as doubtful Friday with a concussion, leaving the door open for the 41-year-old quarterback to play against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.

A week ago, the Vikings listed Favre as "out" for the game against Chicago with a sprained right shoulder. He was surprisingly upgraded to questionable the day of the game and ended up starting against the Bears, a development that didn't sit well with Bears coach Lovie Smith.

"No 'out' with Brett Favre," Frazier said with a grin. "Will not use that term."

Favre led the Vikings on a touchdown drive to open the game Monday night, but didn't make it through the second quarter after being sacked by Corey Wootton. Favre's head slammed off the frigid turf of TCF Bank Stadium and he was knocked woozy.

Frazier said earlier this week that no Viking had played in a game the week after suffering a concussion, but conventional wisdom rarely applies when it comes to Favre.


At Allen Park, Mich., the Detroit Lions have placed quarterback Matthew Stafford on injured reserve with a separated right shoulder.

Friday's move ends Stafford's season with two games remaining.

He had played in only three games this season and 10 last year because of injuries. Stafford's shoulder was separated in the season's opener at Chicago. He later aggravated the injury.

That leaves Detroit (4-10) with two banged up quarterbacks in Shaun Hill and Drew Stanton, along with rookie Zac Robinson.

Coach Jim Schwartz has not announced who will start Sunday at Miami.

Stanton has led the team to two straight wins, but hurt his non-throwing shoulder last week against Tampa Bay.

Hill broke his right index finger Nov. 25 against New England and missed the next three games.


At Ashburn, Va., Washington's Kyle Shanahan took his turn at the microphone on Friday, challenging comments made by Donovan McNabb's agent.

Not that he provided clarity to the ongoing saga. If anything, the situation got more confusing.

The Redskins offensive coordinator said Fletcher Smith's comments were "disturbing," so he spoke "face-to-face, man-to-man" with McNabb Thursday night at Redskins Park. He said the 12-year veteran told him that the claims made by his agent were untrue.

Smith said in a statement Thursday that the "tension" between the quarterback and the Washington coaches is due to McNabb's suggestions for improving the Redskins' offense.

"When I talked to Donovan, he said he didn't say any of that," Shanahan said during his weekly television interview on CSN Washington. "I'm like, 'well, your agent did, which to me is you.' He said he didn't agree with any of that, that those words didn't come out of his mouth and that he didn't tell his agent that stuff. So all I can go off of is what Donovan tells me.

"We've never had a confrontation all year. We've never had an argument. Everything's been good, so it is really a different situation to hear that stuff, but when I cleared it up with him, I've got to go with the reality of what two guys between us talk about."

Smith said in a statement Thursday that the Shanahan, and his father, coach Mike Shanahan, have made comments that go beyond disrespectful and that were "unprecedented for a six-time Pro Bowl quarterback such as Donovan."


At East Rutherford, N.J., Matt Dodge is on the hot seat after a relatively quiet rookie season.

The New York Giants' punter was front and center on every sports highlight show on Sunday night with coach Tom Coughlin in his face, ripping him for failing to kick the ball out of bounds on DeSean Jackson's game-ending 65-yard punt return in the NFC East showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Dodge was criticized by some and vilified by others for a play that almost certainly cost the Giants (9-5) the division title. The good news was there was no hate mail.

Through it all, Dodge has stood tall. The seventh-round draft pick who was given the job after veteran Jeff Feagles retired this spring, has been in front of his locker every day answering questions about the punt, his future, his mental state and life in general.

Everyone wants to know can Dodge rebound this week when the Giants try to clinch a playoff berth with a win against the Packers (8-6) in Green Bay on Sunday.

"It's been a pretty normal week, except for the interviews," Dodge said Friday after practice. "I'm fine though."

Dodge, who has averaged 45.3 yards punting with a mediocre 34.6 yards net, has acted as if nothing has happened. He's typically been one of the first players on the field at the start of practice and one of the last to walk back into the locker room.

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