Jaguars will be without A.J. Bouye and Quenton Meeks on Sunday
By David Levin
The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced they will be without defensive backs A.J. Bouye and Quenton Meeks for the game on Sunday at Indianapolis.
On Wednesday, Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye declined an interview with a local sports writer, declaring he would not be playing on Sunday when the team faced the Indianapolis Colts. While the news was just that, news, to head coach Doug Marrone, the statement proved prophetic as the All-Pro defensive back will not be in uniform when his teammates take the field tomorrow afternoon.
The Jaguars also announced that defensive back Quenton Meeks will also miss Sunday’s game due to injury. Injuries once again continue to plague this roster as the team begins its second half of the season against their AFC South rivals on the road.
"“Bouye was hurt Oct. 21 against the Houston Texans at home and missed the Jaguars’ game versus the Philadelphia Eagles in London the following week,” writes Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com."
The Jaguars need as many defenders on the field in the secondary as Andrew Luck and the Colts passing game continues to improve week by week. Bouye, who was signed in the offseason last year, is part of one of the best cornerback tandems in the NFL with Jalen Ramsey. Playing without him is a big blow to the team’s game plan for Sunday.
Injuries have hurt this team since the first week of the season and have been part of the reason why the Jaguars offense has sputtered this year. Having Leonard Fournette back this week helps the running game, but injuries to the defensive side of the ball are beginning to creep up, causing concern. Marrone addressed the injuries on the roster and stated Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Josh Wells and Niles Paul when he met with the media on Friday. He said all could be activated and return to the team later this year.
"“We’ll see where we are. You have to see where you are injury-wise and what’s going on and how people are playing. That’s how I look at it. Obviously, if someone was a starter, you want them back first,” Marrone said.“A lot of it depends on how they are when they come back and are they ready to go. That’s why you see those players out there. They are rehabbing right now, they are not with us, coaches I mean. We’re looking to transition them back in and we will have a better feel for them when they come back to practice.”"
With the loss of both Bouye and Meeks, the Jaguars are left with five healthy cornerbacks for the game against the Colts. Ramsey and D.J. Hayden have been a full participant in practice this week, should start on Sunday. Both Tyler Patmon and Tre Herndon have seen more action on the field lately.
Dee Delany is the only other cornerback on the roster. He was activated from the practice squad two weeks ago, prior to the game against the Philadelphia in London.