Jaguars Continue to Deal with Injuries Following Loss on Sunday
By David Levin
The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced on Monday injuries to both Corey Grant and Austin Seferian-Jenkins have forced them to the injured reserve list.
The Jacksonville Jaguars offense looks more like a M.A.S.H. unit after the team announced that both Corey Grant and Austin Seferian-Jenkins were placed on the injured reserve list on Monday. Grant, the team’s backup running back, is dealing with a Lisfranc injury to his foot that will sideline him for the remainder of the season.
Seferian-Jenkins, the team’s starting tight end, is dealing with a core muscle injury that has plagued him this season. The free agent signee is designated to return to the team this season.
With the announcement of those moves by the organization and the news that left tackle Josh Wells is dealing with a groin injury that may keep him out of action.
"“Some people have to step up,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said Monday when he met with the media. “Like I’ve said before, it’s part of the game: attrition plays an important role in the NFL.”"
The Jaguars had been one of the healthiest teams in the NFL last season, but continue to deal with players going down. Leonard Fournette has been dealing with a hamstring injury that could keep him out of action until potentially the bye week. There is no timetable set by the Jaguars for his return.
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T.J. Yeldon has been the bell cow back for the team and has been a valuable pass catcher out of the backfield. The injuries to both Grant and Seferian-Jenkins means Jacksonville will have to make roster moves to add depth to both positions. Brandon Wilds is the only other healthy running back on the roster. James O’Shaughnessy and Niles Paul are the other two tight ends listed on the roster.
"Per Jaguars.com senior writer John Oehser, “Marrone said Seferian-Jenkins will undergo surgery and could return this season. Under NFL rules, two players per team may return from injured reserve each season; players are eligible to return eight weeks after being placed on IR.”"
The loss of Fournette in three of the first five games of the season and a half in each of the game he has played forced the Jaguars to become more of a passing team. This is still an organization built to run the football first.
The play of quarterback Blake Bortles once again drew criticism after the game against the Chiefs where he threw for 430 yards but tossed only one touchdown while throwing four interceptions. Bortles also lost a fumble and was sacked five times.
One of his interceptions was returned for a touchdown.
Marrone also said he hopes this team can move forward, make the moves to the roster and continue their focus on the season. The Jaguars will travel to Dallas this weekend to face the Cowboys before coming home for a game with AFC South rival Houston.
"“We’re going to see [if the changes to the roster affect the team’s game plan],” he said. “When you add and you’re missing some key players, you have to play to the strengths of what they can do. It’s a challenge for us, but there are other teams that go through those same challenges.”"