NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Both members of Jacksonville's talented running back tandem were limping after the Jaguars' 24-17 loss to Tennessee on Sunday.
Running back Fred Taylor aggravated his right hamstring after breaking loose on what could have been a touchdown run in the first quarter. He did not return, but said he did not pull his hamstring. In the fourth quarter, Maurice Drew limped to the sideline.
"I thought it was a cramp initially or something just grabbing, but it didn't let up," Taylor said of his injury. "Hamstrings are tricky. Sometimes they just spasm, sometimes you can pull them. Thankfully, I did not pull it."
Taylor ran 35 yards before pulling up and limping to the sideline. He tried loosening up his leg by riding a stationary bicycle on the sideline. Team officials first said his return was questionable. He later ran to the locker room, and did not return.
He was replaced by Drew, who rushed for 98 yards and a score, his 13th of the season. In the fourth quarter, he caught a short pass and ran 37 yards before being tackled by Titans safety Lamont Thompson.
Drew hopped toward the sideline and fell to the ground before he got there. Teammates pulled him off the field, but he was later seen kneeling on the sideline holding his helmet in hopes of returning.
Drew was taken for X-rays after the game to check his left leg. Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio did not know after the game what part of Drew's leg was being X-rayed
Taylor strained his right hamstring last week against Indianapolis. He had nine carries for a season-high 131 yards in the first half but sat out the rest of that game.
On Sunday, he had two carries for 37 yards when he hurt himself on the Jaguars' second drive of the game. He said his hamstring was stiff, tight and sore but he wanted to return.
"I spun on the bike, I rewrapped the wrap I had on to apply more pressure to it and tried to stretch it out. It just didn't give," Taylor said.