Jacksonville Jaguars to play four games in London

Peterson Peterson some preseason carries to give his mind, his body and his surgically repaired left knee more confidence for the games that count starting in September. But now they're backing off, not wanting to expose Peterson to a freak hit in a meaningless exhibition that could negate all the progress he's made. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross, File)

The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to be England’s team.


The NFL and the Jaguars announced that the small-market franchise will play one home game in London for four consecutive seasons beginning in 2013.

Maurice Jones-Drew’s holdout appears far from over.

His agent Adisa Bakari told The Associated Press that the Jacksonville Jaguars running back isn’t pleased with owner Shad Khan’s recent public comments about his client’s 28-day holdout.

Khan said last week that MJD’s absence “doesn’t even move the needle” in terms of stress. On Tuesday, Khan said, “This is not a team about one person.” His message to Jones-Drew: “train’s leaving the station. Run, get on it.”

VIKINGS: Minnesota has a better idea about how to finish preparing Adrian Peterson and his surgically repaired left knee for the season. The plan, simply, is more practice.

Coach Leslie Frazier confirmed Tuesday his change of mind about handing the ball to his recovering star running back in a preseason game. Frazier originally said he wanted Peterson to experience the full contact of such a setting before the regular season begins, but he has backed off.

Even Peterson, a fierce, relentless competitor who has lobbied for more playing time seemingly since the day he was drafted, was satisfied with the decision.

EAGLES: Three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Michael Vick left Monday night’s preseason win at New England after injuring his ribs on his sixth play.

X-rays on Vick’s ribs at the stadium were negative, and an MRI and CT scan on Tuesday revealed he has no broken bones or fractured cartilage. Vick has a contusion of his ribs and of the soft tissue surrounding it.

SEAHAWKS: Rookie Russell Wilson will get the start at quarterback for Seattle when it travels to Kansas City for their third preseason game.

Matt Flynn, who started the first two preseason games, will back up Wilson against the Chiefs.