Football Daily Dose: MJD Goes MIA

21 Oct
Adam Levitan recaps all the injury fallout from Sunday, including Maurice Jones-Drew's foot injury.
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Jags don’t have a timetable on Jones-Drew yet – Maurice Jones-Drew | JAC

21 Oct
Coach Mike Mularkey said he doesn't know how long Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) will be out.
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Jones-Drew carted off with foot injury at OAK – Maurice Jones-Drew | JAC

21 Oct
Maurice Jones-Drew was carted off the field in Oakland on Sunday after suffering a left foot injury.
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Clairvoyant Chipper: Jones envisioned Braves’ demise in one-game wild card

05 Oct
by David Brown in Fantasy Baseball, General

Barely two weeks ago, Chipper Jones told reporters what he thought of Major League Baseball's new one-game wild card playoff. He said it was garbage. And, as CBS Eye on Baseball pointed out, what the Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted Jones as saying eerily matches what happened to the Braves on Friday evening in a 6-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals:

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"You say to yourself, we could possibly have the second- or third-best record in the National League when the season's over and we have to play a one-game playoff just to get in," Jones said. "That doesn't seem fair because anything can happen [in one game]. Now if you were to say the two wild-card teams will play a best two-out-of-three [series], I'd be OK with that. We play three-game series all the time, and we concentrate on winning those series all the time. I think it's more fair from a standpoint that anything can happen in one game — a blown call by an umpire, a bad day at the office … at least in a two-of-three-game series you have some sort of leeway."

No leeway. Game's over. Season's over. Career's over. Just as Jones said it might.

A blown call by an umpire. Instead of loading the bases with one out no outs in the eighth inning with the potential lead run at the plate, a mistaken infield fly ruling by umpire Sam Hollbrook handed a free out to the Cardinals and took a runner of the bases. It also prompted fans to delay the game for 18 minutes by throwing everything in their possession, seemingly, onto the field. The game's entire character was changed. Credit to Jason Motte of the Cardinals for pitching out of it. But he also was handed a stacked deck.

The call wasn't the only reason the Braves lost — they sustained several self-inflicted wounds with uncharacteristically bad defense and poor baserunning. And even Chipper himself was to blame. File it under the "bad day at the office" clause in his wild card complaint.

[More: Call leaves baseball with a mess on its hands]

Jones committed a critical error in the top of the fourth to get St. Louis rolling. After making a neat stab on a grounder by Matt Holliday, Jones threw wildly for an error to second base, botching what probably was a double play. Slugger Allen Craig followed with an RBI double, and the Cardinals added two more runs to take a 3-2 lead they didn't give back.

As you might figure, Jones said to hang the loss on him.

''Ultimately, I feel I'm the one to blame,'' Jones said. ''That should have been a tailor-made double play.'' ...

Jones refused to pin this loss on the umps.

''That one play didn't cost us the game. Three errors cost us the game,'' he said. ''We just dug ourselves too big a hole.''

Chipper also had a chance at the plate in the seventh, but he grounded out with two runners aboard. He also reached in the ninth on an infield hit/error/bad call. But it led nowhere.

[Also: Cards capitalize on Braves mistakes]

In another season, the Braves, the umpire — anyone who had a bad day at the office — would have another chance to make up for it in Game 2. But with this playoff format, there is no tomorrow if you lose Game 1. And Chipper knows it as well as anybody.

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02 Oct
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Falcons’ Jones was ‘hindered’ by hand injury? – Julio Jones | ATL

30 Sep
The Associated Press suggests that Julio Jones was "hindered" by his injured right hand in Week 4, resulting in a season-low one catch for 30 yards.
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Braves fans, brass give Chipper Jones a fine sendoff

28 Sep

Since very few of us will ever retire as international superstars, we have to guess at the emotions which those who are must feel. And while getting celebrated for your accomplishments is nice, at some point you've got to feel overwhelmed by all the attention. After all, there are only so many surfboards a guy can get.

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But then comes the hometown celebration, and for Chipper Jones, making his final circuit of major league baseball right now, this one was special. Jones has spent his entire 19-year career in Atlanta, and an on-field ceremony before Friday night's game against the Mets firmly enshrined Jones in the pantheon of great Braves.

Longtime Braves announcer Pete Van Wieren stepped out of retirement to emcee the evening's ceremonies, and he set the tone for the evening by calling Jones "one of the two greatest hitters in Atlanta Braves history, along with Hank Aaron." He noted that Jones hit over .300 both righty and lefty, and never struck out more than 100 times in a season. Also in attendance on the podium: former Braves manager Bobby Cox, team president John Schuerholz, and Aaron himself. Georgia's governor, Nathan Deal, declared it "Chipper Jones Day" in Georgia, and commissioner Bud Selig, appearing via video, didn't embarrass himself, pointing out that "the next time we all see you, you'll be going into Cooperstown."

Brian McCann, representing the current team, noted that "anybody who came through this organization and didn't take advantage of what Chipper could teach them was missing out." But he couldn't resist ribbing Jones; the entire team was wearing mock turtlenecks ("They call them 'Nerdlenecks,'" Jones later laughed) in his honor.

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Jones received the rare opportunity to thank everyone who'd been instrumental in his development, from his parents to his childhood best friend (now his agent) to his high school coach to his professional mentors and teammates. He ran long -- hey, it's his show, he's allowed -- and when he was done, he received a heartfelt standing O.

Throughout the game, the Braves ran video tributes from players and colleagues that both delighted (Ryan Klesko! Sid Bream! Javy Lopez! Otis Nixon!) and perplexed (Michael Jordan? Mark Texeira?) the crowd. And fans got off a few zingers of their own in signs, the most notable of which was "Thanks, Todd Van Poppel!" (Van Poppel was the 1990 phenom who threatened to go to college if he was drafted by the then-woeful Braves; Atlanta picked Jones instead.)

Jones has long been a fan favorite, and on this night, 51,910 fans, seventh-largest crowd in Turner Field history, turned out to honor him. They cheered maniacally for every Braves break, right up until a Lucas Duda seventh-inning homer quieted them. (Jones, generally a big-moment kind of guy, was uncharacteristically tepid at the plate, going 0-for-4 without getting the ball out of the infield in an  underwhelming 3-1 loss.) But while the fans won't have Jones to cheer for much longer, reminders of him will be everywhere at Turner Field.

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"When I come back here next year, I expect to see No. 10 up there," Van Wieren said, pointing at the row of retired Braves numbers hanging just past Turner Field's left-field foul pole. The roster already includes the numbers of Cox and teammates John Smoltz, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. Soon enough, No. 10 will hang there as well.

After the game, Jones was in a thankful mood. "The support and love in this ballpark tonight ... it's hard to prepare yourself for," he said. But he did laugh a bit: "I told Timmy [Hudson] that I was an emotional wreck, and to keep the ball away from me for a couple innings. First batter, ball comes right to me." He added that he didn't think he'd been this nervous in a ballgame since his major league debut. "I had a tear in the corner of my eye all night. It's tough to pick up the rotation of the ball with that," he said with a smile.

"The innings and the games are dwindling," Jones added. "It's starting to become a reality now."

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Jerry Jones drops in on ‘The League’

27 Sep
by Maggie Hendricks in Fantasy Football, General

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a surprisingly long IMDB profile. Jones has made appearances on "Arli$$," two iterations of "Dallas," and "Entourage." He was even a project consultant on the eyeball-popping football movie "Any Given Sunday."

But all of those previous performances were just to prepare him for his role on "The League," the FX show about some guys who are really, really, reallllly into their fantasy football league. Check out the exclusive clip from the Oct. 11 season premiere.

If that's not nominated for an Emmy, the whole system is invalid.

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Jones-Drew totals 193 yards, TD as Jags win – Maurice Jones-Drew | JAC

23 Sep
Maurice Jones-Drew rumbled for 177 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries and caught two passes for 16 yards in the Jaguars' Week 3 win over the Colts, 22-17.
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22 Sep
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