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BAGSHOT, England – Recovering from hand surgery can be tricky, especially for a running back. Maurice Jones-Drew went under the knife on Sept. 8, and considered himself fit for duty roughly a week later.
The Raiders let him practice on a limited basis heading into the recent loss to the New England Patriots, but wouldn’t let him play.
This week, he might have them convinced.
“He’s in a better spot than he was two weeks ago, or even last week,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said. “Signs are pointing to him being able to give it a go this weekend.”
That would give the Raiders a huge boost heading in to Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins at London’s Wembley Stadium.
It seems fast given the importance of a running back’s hands and the delicate nature of the bone structure, but Jones-Drew considers himself a quick healer.
“I’m part Wolverine, man,” Jones-Drew said with a smile.
He’s not referring to the animal or the Michigan mascot. The legendary comic book character with sharper claws and an ability to heal quickly was the comparison drawn.
“I would’ve played two weeks ago if it was up to me,” Jones-Drew said. “I don’t have the final say, but I would like to go. I’m ready to roll.”
Allen ultimately holds the final say.
“I think, more than anything else, it was about making the coaches feel comfortable with me going out there and being able to protect myself,” Jones-Drew said. “This week I feel great blocking and carrying the ball in my right hand. If I’m able to do that, they’ll be more comfortable letting me go out there and compete a little bit. “