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Jaguars vs. Chiefs: Friday Injury Reports, Linder, Norwell Will Play

Demetrius Harvey

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May 22, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars offensive guard Andrew Norwell (68) guards against defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (left) during organized team activities at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Kansas City Chiefs have released their Friday status checks/injury updates for the week. This, ahead of their week five matchup at Arrowhead Stadium is a very important indicator on who will most likely play, and who will most likely sit.

For the Jaguars, their major injuries coming into the week were Jaguars Running back Leonard Fournette and Center Brandon Linder. With Fournette (as well as D.J. Hayden) already ruled out, all of the focus then shifted onto a surprise injury listing of Andrew Norwell (foot) and Brandon Linder himself. Today, Linder and Norwell were listed as off of the injury report, thus meaning they will more than likely suit up this week.

This news is very important to the Jaguars offense as they came into Friday’s status update with 4/5 of their projected starters along the offensive line heading into the 2018 season on the injury report itself. With Cam Robinson out for the season, all five of the Jaguars projected offensive line starters have dealt with injuries thus far this season. If the Jaguars can go forward without more major injuries on the offensive line their season will go a lot more smoothly.

The only player questionable for the Jaguars this week is Rookie Cornerback Tre Herndon who tweaked his hamstring either today or yesterday in practice. Other than Herndon, we already know Fournette and Hayden will be out this week. Hayden was seen around the Jaguars locker room with a walking boot on his right leg. All the rest of the Jaguars listed on the earlier reports are off of the injury report, meaning they will more than likely suit up for the game Sunday.

If Herndon can’t go do not be surprised if the Jaguars call up rookie Cornerback Quenton Meeks to the 53-man roster. Currently, the Jaguars only have 3 fully healthy corners (Bouye, Ramsey, and Patmon).

Here are the teams Friday injury reports:

JAGUARS:

CB D.J. Hayden (Toe): OUT

RB Leonard Fournette (Hamstring): OUT

CB Tre Herndon (Hamstring): Questionable

CHIEFS:

WR Sammy Watkins (Hamstring): Questionable

LB Dee Ford (Groin): Questionable

S Eric Berry (Heel): Doubtful

S Armani Watts (Groin): Questionable

As for the Chiefs, they are going to most likely be without starting Safety Eric Berry (doubtful) for yet another week as he nurses bone spurs in his heel. The Jaguars should be able to take advantage in the passing game as well as the run game this Sunday. As for other Chiefs injuries, defensive end Dee Ford and Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins are listed as questionable for Sunday’s matchup.

I would think it would be safe to assume at least Ford is on the better side of questionable, whereas Sammy Watkins could be more 50/50 as Hamstring injuries are tricky as Jaguars fans know full well.

This should be a pretty interesting matchup. Jaguars have the number one defense in the NFL. Chiefs have the number one offense in the NFL. Somethings gotta give. Tune in on CBS at 1 PM to watch the game.

Demetrius Harvey is a Locked on Jaguars writer focusing on game breakdowns as well as breaking news. Demetrius is a lifelong Jaguars fan. You can follow him at @Demetrius82 on twitter.

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Jaguars Release Jamaal Charles, Promote Linebacker DeLuca

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Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have released running back Jamaal Charles after trading for Carlos Hyde and have promoted Linebacker Nick DeLuca. Charles was brought in to be a change of pace back for the Jaguars after placing Corey Grant on season-ending injured reserve.

The Jaguars traded for Carlos Hyde last week making Charles expendable. Charles accounted for 7 yards on 6 caries for the Jaguars. He also added two catches for seven yards. Running back Leonard Fournette has not been ruled out to play this week either and will travel with the team to London according to Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone.

Nick DeLuca is a rookie linebacker from NDSU. He was signed to the practice squad earlier in the season and has now been promoted due to the injury to linebacker Donald Payne. Payne will be out at least a couple of weeks with a knee injury.

 

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Editorial: The Jacksonville Jaguars have nailed their own coffin

Zach Goodall

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Oct 21, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Houston Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus (59) tackles Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) and forces a fumble during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

In electing to stick with Blake Bortles as their starting quarterback, despite benching him for a poor performance against the Texans and watching his backup Cody Kessler vastly outperform him in the same game, the Jacksonville Jaguars have nailed their own coffin.

Now sitting at a 3-4 record, on a three game losing streak, and in third place in the AFC South (the Titans own the tiebreaker for second place), it was clearly time for change to get this ship steered in the correct direction. Just seven weeks aggo, this Jaguars team was viewed as a potential Super Bowl contender. Right now, this team is projected to pick in the first half of the 2019 NFL Draft.

And they can’t blame anyone but themselves at this point.

“We can’t do s**t until we stop turning the ball over. Period. That’s just how it is,” head coach Doug Marrone said following the loss to the Texans. “…the first thing we’ve got to do is stop turning the damn ball over.”

In three consecutive games, the latest of which he barely played past halftime, Bortles has eight turnovers of his own: Five interceptions and three fumbles.

“I spoke to both quarterbacks this afternoon and told them that Blake will be our team’s quarterback. I believe this gives us the best opportunity to win,” Marrone stated in a release from the team after Bortles was named the team’s starter going forward.

What?

In a 24 hour period, Marrone has stated that, while turnovers are the Jaguars biggest issue, the player who is responsible for countless amounts of turnovers gives the team the best chance to win football games. That is the message that is being sent to this team, and the Jaguars fan base.

And the team isn’t happy. Star cornerback Jalen Ramsey was quoted saying “It is no secret what’s going on here right now. Ain’t nobody going to say it because we can’t, but it ain’t no secret what’s going on and it ain’t right right now,” after the loss to the Texans. Given the circumstances, it’s hard to assume this was shade thrown at the quarterback situation.

Ramsey deleted a post of him and Bortles shaking hands on the field from his Instagram this morning.

Defensive tackle Abry Jones put the responsibility of the offenses deficiencies on the defense, quoted saying “We can’t let them [opposing offenses] score at all.”

The Jaguars have chosen to be complacent, and in doing so, this season will continue to plummet. The confidence is low heading into London this week, and the Eagles pass rush should have an easy job forcing Bortles into more poor decisions as this Jaguars team appears to be on track to a 3-5 record at their bye week.

This team was supposed go contend this year. At one point in September, the Jaguars had single digit odds to win the Super Bowl. But that is all in the rearview mirror, as the Jaguars have nailed their own coffin in naming Blake Bortles the starting quarterback of a team that is already beginning to implode.

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Jaguars announce Blake Bortles will remain the starting QB

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Sep 16, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) attempts a pass against the New England Patriots during the first half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

24 hours removed from his first career benching, where he was clearly outplayed by his own backup in a 20-7 loss to the Houston Texans, Blake Bortles has been named the starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars for Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles in London, per the team.

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone announced in a statement: “I spoke to both quarterbacks this afternoon and told them that Blake will be our team’s quarterback. I believe this gives us the best opportunity to win.”

This comes under two hours removed from Marrone saying he had made his decision already but planned on addressing the team before releasing that information to the public. Bortles was benched after committing two turnovers against the Texans on Sunday, and Kessler completed 21/30 passes for 156 yards, a touchdown and an interception in his place.

Bortles has committed eight turnovers in the past three weeks.

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