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Jaguars vs. Chiefs: Thursday Injury Reports, Norwell, Linder Limited

Demetrius Harvey

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May 22, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars center Brandon Linder (65) and offensive guard Andrew Norwell (68) run drills 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 Thursday injury reports ahead of their week five matchup at Arrowhead Stadium. For the Jaguars, as noted yesterday, they will be without Nickel D.J. Hayden and star Running back Leonard Fournette.

As for the rest of the Jaguars injured players, the Jaguars seem solid as far as availability goes for Sunday’s matchup. With Andrew Norwell and Brandon Linder being limited these are the two key players who Jaguars fans need to keep a close eye on for tomorrows status report.

If neither can go this week, that would be a huge problem for the Jaguars even though the Chiefs defense is not highly favored. If neither can go Chris Reed will start for Norwell,  Tyler Shatley for Brandon Linder. It is, however, a good sign that they both were able to participate in practice today.

Here are the teams Thursday injury reports:

JAGUARS:

RB T.J. Yeldon (Ankle): Limited Participant

OL A.J. Cann (Triceps): Limited Participant

OL Jermey Parnell (Knee): Limited Participant

DE Calais Campbell (Ankle): Limited Participant

CB D.J. Hayden (Toe): Did Not Participate  (OUT)

RB Leonard Fournette (Hamstring): Did Not Participate (OUT)

C Brandon Linder (Knee/Back): Limited Participant

OL Andrew Norwell (Foot): Limited Participant

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Core Muscle Injury): Limited Participant

CHIEFS:

WR Chris Conley (Ankle): Full Participant

C Mitch Morse (Back): Full Participant

DL Chris Jones (Shoulder): Full Participant

WR Sammy Watkins (Hamstring): Limited Participant

LB Dee Ford (Groin): Limited Participant

S Eric Berry (Heel): Did Not Participate

S Armani Watts (Groin): Full Participant

For the Chiefs, without Eric Berry as well as Sammy Watkins potentially the Jaguars should be licking their chops a bit more. Sammy Watkins, although he is not their number one receiver, allows the Chiefs to do so many different things as far as personnel. If he is out, the Chiefs might look into using more 21 personnel looks.

Eric Berry not participating again in practice most likely indicates he will not play, yet again for the Chiefs this week. Berry being out is huge for the Jaguars passing as well as run game. The Chiefs are extremely poor on defense and the Jaguars need to be able to take advantage of it even without Leonard Fournette.  For the rest of the Chiefs injured players, nothing has changed, except for Armani Watts being added to the injury report.

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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