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Posted: Thursday September 13, 2012 3:29PM ; Updated: Thursday September 13, 2012 3:29PM

Jones-Drew will start for Jags against Texans

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Maurice Jones-Drew
Despite talk that the Jaguars would work him back into the lineup gradually, Maurice Jones-Drew got 17 carries in Week 1.
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Maurice Jones-Drew said an NFL.com report that he was fined $800,000 for his holdout was "false" but declined to say how much he was fined.

Jones-Drew will start Sunday's game against Houston, returning to the starting lineup because Rashad Jennings injured his knee Week 1 at Minnesota.

Jones-Drew was expected to be brought along slowly after his 38-day contract-related holdout.

Coach Mike Mularkey said he anticipated using Jones-Drew, who led the NFL in rushing with 1,606 yards last season, as a third-down back for a week or two.

Of the importance of the game, Maurice Jones-Drew said, "It's a rivalry game. It's a division game."

The Texans have not only won the last three games, but they beat the Jaguars in the second game last year in what turned out to be the final game before Jack Del Rio was fired and former owner Wayne Weaver announced he was selling the team to Shad Khan on the same day.

Now the Jaguars will be playing their first regular season home game with Mularkey as the head coach and Khan as the owner. A crew from "60 Minutes" will be in attendance to film part of a feature news profile for the program on Khan.

-- The Sports Xchange

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