Jaguars shut down Maurice Jones-Drew

Updated: August 27, 2010, 10:45 PM ET
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is done for the preseason.

Jones-Drew, who missed three days of practice this week with soreness in his knee, didn't make the trip to Tampa for Saturday's preseason game against the Buccaneers.

Sources close to the situation told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Jones-Drew did not undergo arthroscopic knee surgery this week, despite speculation to the contrary.

Jones-Drew's agent, Adisa Bakari, said Friday that the Jaguars are resting the Pro Bowler the final two preseason games for "precautionary reasons." He adds that Jones-Drew will be ready for the season opener.

Bakari says playing his client now "can only hurt the team." He says the Jaguars know they need Jones-Drew in the regular season, so they "decided they're not going to play him now."

Coach Jack Del Rio says most starters won't play in Thursday's preseason finale against Atlanta. He wants to prevent injury, especially with the short turnaround between games.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.