Maurice Jones-Drew won't be relegated to the sideline for Jacksonville's next preseason game.

The Jaguars plan to get their starting running back some carries Saturday night against the New York Jets. If so, it would be Jones-Drew's first game action since injuring his left foot last October and his first preseason work since 2011.

Jones-Drew says "this is the right time to kind of take that next step."

Coach Gus Bradley held Jones-Drew out of the team's preseason opener against Miami as a precaution, preferring to give the former UCLA standout more time to get in better shape.

Bradley says Jones-Drew's playing time will be decided in a meeting Wednesday night.

Jones-Drew had surgery in December to repair a Lisfranc injury. He was cleared to practice days before training camp.