The Jaguars are expecting some big playmakers back for Week 9.
The Jaguars injury report this week was littered with players. Thankfully out of the 16 players listed, only three have been declared out, and one is questionable for their Week 9 matchup against the Houston Texans.
Jaguars expect a few returns to the offensive line
Starting quarterback Gardner Minshew has officially been declared out for Sunday’s game against Houston. The injury came as a bit of a surprise to the staff in Jacksonville when tests revealed a fracture and sprained ligament in his thumb. Apparently, Minshew had failed to disclose his discomfort for a few weeks, which is understandable, considering he was on the brink of losing his starting job.
Minshew has been one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league through eight weeks. Thankfully, Jacksonville can expect three of its offensive lineman, Cam Robinson, A.J. Cann, and Brandon Linder, to be back for Week 9 in time to protect rookie Jake Luton in his first career start.
Myles Jack is an essential return for the Jaguars
Most of the defense, except for linebackers Dakota Allen and Shaquille Quarterman, is expected for Sunday’s game. The Jaguars have one of the worst defenses in the league so getting back Jarrod Wilson and impact player Myles Jack should be helpful in Jacksonville’s effort stop Deshaun Watson and the Texans offense.
Getting Myles Jack back was essential for the Jaguars defense to move forward with the season, even if they don’t expect to get much out of it. He’s arguably the best player they have defensively when he’s on the field.
It will be interesting to see how well Sidney Jones does in coverage recovering from a rib injury. He’s allowed a career-low 46.7% completion percentage so far on 15 targets. I’m curious to see how he can progress from here, as his career hasn’t quite gone the way any of us has hoped that a second-rounder would. It would be nice to see him get some additional reps on defense against the Texans.