The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Dallas Cowboys have released their Wednesday injury reports ahead of their week six matchup at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Jaguars are coming into this game with a slew of injuries.
Not only are Jaguars Runningback Leonard Fournette (Hamstring) and Nickelback D.J. Hayden (Toe) already ruled out, the Jaguars are also expected to rule out starting Left Tackle Josh Wells. With Wells out backup Tackle Josh “Don’t call me Jose” Walker will start in his place.
The Jaguars also already lost Runningback Corey Grant and Tight End Austin Seferian-Jenkins (short-term IR) for the season or at least most of it in Seferian-Jenkins’ case. The Jaguars signed David Williams and Jamaal Charles to replace Corey Grant and Brandon Wilds, and they elevated David Grinnage from their own practice squad to replace Seferian-Jenkins.
As if those injuries weren’t enough, according to Daniel Popper of The Athletic, starting Left Guard Andrew Norwell was seen in a walking boot this week. Hopefully, this is just preventative or precautionary because he was also listed with a foot injury last week and did not practice on Monday.
Malik Jackson (Back) did not participate today. This is not a concern unless he does not practice all week. Yannick Ngakoue (Shoulder) was limited. He is in the same boat as Jackson.
We will monitor this situation as the week moves on. The rest of the Jaguars on the injury report are either minor or pre-existing which have not gotten worse.
Here are the teams Wednesday injury reports:
DL Calais Campbell (Ankle): Limited Participant
RB Leonard Fournette (Hamstring): Did Not Participate
CB D.J. Hayden (Toe): Did Not Participate
CB Tre Herndon (Hamstring): Did Not participate
DT Malik Jackson (Back): Did Not Participate
OL Brandon Linder (Knee): Did Not Participate
DE Yannick Ngakoue (Shoulder): Limited Participant
OL Andrew Norwell (Foot): Did Not Participate
OL Jeremy Parnell (Knee): Limited Participant
OL Josh Wells (Groin): Did Not Participate
WR Tavon Austin (Shoulder): Full Participant
CB Chidobe Awuzie (Ankle): Limited Participant
WR Cole Beasley (Ankle): Full Participant
DE Taco Charlton (Thumb): Limited Participant
DT Maliek Collins (Knee): Limited Participant
RB Ezekiel Elliott (Knee): Full Participant
DL David Irving (Not Injury Related): Did Not Participate
DE DeMarcus Lawrence (Shoulder): Did Not Participate
LB Sean Lee (Hamstring): Did Not Participate
FB Jamize Olawae (Shoulder): Full Participant
T Tyron Smith (Ankle): Limited Participant
LB Joe Thoms (Foot): Did Not Participate
DT Antwaun Woods (Calf): Full Participate
For the Cowboys, Demarcus Lawrence typically has been limited on Wednesday, however this time he did not practice. While this is likely nothing, it is still something to watch for throughout the week.
Linebacker Sean Lee has always been injured during his career with the Cowboys. This year is no different as Lee most likely will be out this week. As for the rest of the Cowboys, they are all relatively healthy and we will find out more in the coming days.
Jaguars Release Jamaal Charles, Promote Linebacker DeLuca
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.
We have promoted rookie LB @N_DeLuca49 to the 53-man active roster from the practice squad.
To make room on the roster, we released 11th-year RB Jamaal Charles. pic.twitter.com/OmiHd2wtvZ
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) October 22, 2018
Editorial: The Jacksonville Jaguars have nailed their own coffin
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.
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.
Jaguars announce Blake Bortles will remain the starting QB
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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