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Jones-Drew suffered a finger injury in Friday's preseason game against the Lions, ESPN.com reports.

The 29-year-old left early in the second quarter and did not return, but the team has yet to elaborate on severity of the injury. Jones-Drew got the start for the Raiders and totaled 12 yards on six carries, with just three of those carries going for positive yardage, but he did haul in a 22-yard catch. If Jones-Drew is forced to miss practice time, Darren McFadden would presumably see most of the first-team work, though Latavius Murray could see some reps as well.

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Jones-Drew gained 12 yards on six carries and 22 yards on one reception in Friday's preseason game against the Lions.

The Raiders played things the same as last week, as Jones-Drew started while Darren McFadden also saw significant playing time with the first-team offense. McFadden got three consecutive goal-line carries and scored a touchdown, which may have created a mini-panic among those who have already drafted MJD. It's unwise to assume that McFadden will dominate the goal-line touches, but it's a possibility that should be considered, at least for the time being. Hopefully someone from the Raiders will comment on the situation soon.

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Jones-Drew gained 10 yards on two carries and 14 yards on two receptions in Friday's preseason opener versus the Vikings.

As expected, Jones-Drew got the start and played the first two drives, before handing things over to Darren McFadden, who rushed for 23 yards on his only carry. Jones-Drew is listed atop the depth chart and is seemingly in line to start, but the first-team practice reps have reportedly been divided. As pretty much anyone could have guessed, the Raiders will likely go with a timeshare between the two veterans.

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Jones-Drew is listed as the Raiders' first-team running back ahead of Darren McFadden on the team's initial depth chart in advance of the squad's preseason opener, ibabuzz.com reports.

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Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew was one of five players to field punts during the opening practice of training camp.

"We're going into this camp with an open mind, to find players that can help us in every phase," said coach Dennis Allen. "That's a spot were Maurice can potentially help us, and I want to take a look at it." Jones-Drew was also asked to return punts at times during the offseason program. The Raiders are presumably looking for anyway to spark their offense, but putting an aging player with MJD's injury history back to return punts is a bad decision.

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The San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur expects Maurice Jones-Drew to be the Raiders' No. 1 running back this season.

As do we, despite other beat writers' speculation Darren McFadden would get the nod. MJD is simply a superior between-the-tackles runner to DMC, and a better pass protector as well. Still, the Raiders are expected to utilize a committee approach. Jones-Drew should be viewed as an RB3/flex in fantasy leagues.

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New LT Donald Penn said the Raiders plan to "run the ball, run the ball, then run it again, until the defense stops us."

The Raiders signed Maurice Jones-Drew to a three-year, $7.5 million deal, making him the favorite for lead-back duties ahead of Darren McFadden. DMC is the more talented runner at this stage of their respective careers, but he's obviously a massive injury risk. The Raiders upgraded their line by adding power blockers LT Penn and RG Austin Howard. They may want to run the ball at will, but an insanely tough schedule may prevent them from doing so at a high clip.

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Maurice Jones-Drew admitted to the Los Angeles Times that he contemplated retiring after the 2013 season.

Jones-Drew averaged a career-worst 3.4 YPC in 2013. He remained somewhat effective between the tackles, but obviously lacked a second gear on the rare occasions Jacksonville's blocking sprung him into the open field. "For awhile, I was contemplating retirement because I just didn't feel like I had it anymore," Jones-Drew conceded. "... I watched the game tape and I'd say, 'Man, why'd I do this? Why didn't I do that?' Part of it was, just physically, I wasn't able to do some of the same things I'm used to doing." MJD insists he's in better shape now and can rebound with the Raiders. The odds are firmly against him at age 29.

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Raiders coach Dennis Allen says he's "considering using" Maurice Jones-Drew on punt returns.

It's understandable that the Raiders are looking to get a bang for their MJD buck ($1.2 million guaranteed), but having an aging, increasingly injury prone 5-foot-7 back return punts seems like a disaster waiting to happen. To put it mildly, MJD was sluggish in the open field last season. We'll just assume Allen was thinking out loud, and not seriously considering using MJD on special teams.

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Maurice Jones-Drew said his goal is to play at 208 pounds this season.

Jones-Drew played at 205 during his time at UCLA. His desire to get back around that mark shows an understanding that he wasn't explosive enough last season while averaging a paltry 3.43 YPC. Aging running backs cutting weight is one of the best ways to put a little juice back in the tank. Jones-Drew has a realistic shot to beat out Darren McFadden for the starting title in training camp.