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Jaguars vs. Texans: Thursday Injury Report, Fournette Absent

Demetrius Harvey

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Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans have released their Thursday injury report ahead of their week 17 matchup at NRG Stadium. For the Jaguars, they will likely be without Running Back Leonard Fournette once again. Fournette has been injured for much of the season with a quad injury, however, this injury is new. The RB injured his foot/ankle in their week 15 matchup against the Washington Redskins and has yet to recover fully even though he suited up just last week.

Limited yesterday, apparently Fournette tweaked his ankle/foot yet again as he was absent from practice today. This is an indication he will likely not suit up against the Texans this Sunday. Dave Williams, T.J. Yeldon, and Carlos Hyde will carry the load for the Jaguars running game in the meantime.

The newest member to the Jaguars injury report is Free Safety Tashaun Gipson. Gipson has avoided serious injury all season and was limited today with a foot ailment. A better indication on whether or not he will play this Sunday will come tomorrow on the status report. Cornerback A.J. Bouye will likely miss this weekends matchup as well with a toe injury.

The other notable absents on the injury report for the Jaguars are to OL Josh Wells and Kicker Josh Lambo. Neither practiced and neither will likely suit up in the season finale. Luckily for the Jaguars, they will be getting back Receiver D.J. Chark who will be able to get one last chance at valuable reps with the 2018 roster. The likely thought process is hoping he can have a good game and build on it for next season.

Below are the injury reports for both teams:

JAGUARS:

CB A.J. Bouye (Toe): Did Not Participate

K Josh Lambo (Groin): Did Not Participate

OL Josh Wells (Concussion): Did Not Participate

RB Leonard Fournette (Ankle/Foot): Limited Participation

QB Cody Kessler (Right Shoulder): Limited Participation

WR D.J. Chark Jr. (Quad): Full Participation

TEXANS:

WR Keke Coutee (Hamstring): Limited Participation

DE Christian Covington (Knee): Limited Participation

S Andre Hal (Ankle): Limited Participation

WR DeAndre Hopkins (Ankle): Limited Participation

CB/S Kareem Jackson (Knee): Limited Participation

CB Johnathan Joseph (Neck): Limited Participation

RB Lamar Miller (Ankle): Limited Participation

S Justin Reid (Shoulder/Wrist): Full Participation

DE J.J. Watt (Knee): Limited Participation

*The Houston Texans have an abundance of injuries. And for that reason I have limited the reporting of their injury report to the most important/impactful players on the injury report.*

For the Texans, they are luckily getting back injured running back Lamar Miller it looks like for this weekends matchup. Miller was out the past couple of weeks with an ankle injury. They also will be getting back Christian Covington today as he was limited yesterday.

None of the other players on the Texans injury report have changed status from yesterday to today. The true injury report will be revealed tomorrow when the status report comes out. In the meantime, they hope to get everyone healthy in time for the playoffs. It would not be surprising to see a couple of players for the Texans not suit up in a game they normally would.

This game has high stakes, however, with the bad play of the Jaguars it is possible the Texans will not view them as a formidable opponent with the playoff berth already locked up.

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 finalize coaching staff after landing offensive coordinator

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Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have finalized their 2019 coaching staff. They’ve officially hired their offensive coordinator as well as other staff members. John DeFilippo was the headliner for today as the replacement for Nathaniel Hackett as offensive coordinator.

The Jaguars also announced the remainder of their staff. As we covered in the past couple of weeks they have hired several position coaches, including Terry Robiskie as running backs coach, George Warhop as the offensive line coach, and Tim Walton as the secondary coach.

The rest of the staff was a mystery until today. The Jaguars announced they will be promoting assistant defensive line coach Jason Rebrovich to defensive line coach, and they have hired David Merritt as their assistant defensive line coach. Merritt spent the past season as the Arizona Cardinals defensive backs coach. Joe Danna will be promoted as well and will be coaching the safeties. Danna has been on the Jaguars staff as an assistant secondary coach since 2017. John Donovan, another assistant coach for the Jaguars, will be promoted to assistant running backs coach.

It is worth noting in today’s presser Marrone stated Tim Walton will coach the cornerbacks, and Joe Danna will coach the safeties. “I thought we could get more out of our coaches and players if we split the secondary,” Marrone said. This is worth noting as Walton actually held a similar role with the Giants for the past couple of seasons.

Scott Milanovich will remain on staff as the quarterbacks coach. Milanovich was the play-caller for the final five weeks of the season. Milanovich has been with the Jaguars as a QB coach since 2017.

There were no other major coaching changes on the Jaguars roster as the rest of the staff will stay intact.

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Jaguars will retain quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich

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Nov 26, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars will retain Scott Milanovich as their quarterbacks coach, according to head coach Doug Marrone.

Milanovich filled in as interim offensive coordinator after Nate Hackett was fired midseason, but the offense saw no improvement with the QB coach calling plays. However, the team appears confident that the former Grey Cup-winning CFL head coach can handle the responsibilities of quarterbacks coach, a position Milanovich has held since Doug Marrone was named head coach in 2017.

The team hired John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator earlier today. You can read why he was a fantastic hire here. Marrone mentioned during his press conference today that Milanovich and DeFilippo have a previous relationship in Maryland.

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Jaguars to hire John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator, per report

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to hire John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator, per report.

DeFilippo was the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator during the 2018 season, but was fired during Week 15, apparently due to a conflict of play-calling interests with head coach Mike Zimmer, who wanted to focus more on the run game than DeFilippo’s strengths with the pass game.

However, despite a lack of calling the run, Vikings quarterback had a historic season as a passer when it came to efficiency, being the first QB in NFL history to throw for 4000+ yards, 30+ touchdowns, 10 or fewer interceptions, and complete at least 70% of his passes. Much of this can be credited to DeFilippo’s influence in the passing game.

Previous to Minnesota, DeFilippo was the Philadelphia Eagles QBs coach during their 2017-18 Super Bowl run, where he was key to the development of Carson Wentz and rejuvenation of Nick Foles’ career after Wentz tore his ACL. He also served as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns in 2015, where then-36 year old Josh McCown posted the second most touchdown passes of his 13 year career with 12 in eight games, along with 2109 passing yards, a 63.7 completion percentage, and only four interceptions.

DeFilippo’s first NFL coaching job came in 2005 as an offensive quality control coach under then New York Giants head coach and current EVP of Football Operations for the Jaguars, Tom Coughlin. So there’s a definite connection to the team in ths hire.

At the end of the day, the Jaguars number one priority this offseason has to be, and will be, fixing their passing game woes. Quarterback Blake Bortles needs to be replaced, and the team’s next signal caller must be groomed into a successful QB. DeFilippo has proven with Cousins, Foles/Wentz, as well as Josh McCown in Cleveland during the 2015 season, that he’s capable of doing just that.

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