Running back James Robinson was listed as a limited participant Thursday. He hasn’t fully recovered from a heel injury he suffered in Week 8. He missed Week 9 and the Jags’ have kept him on a snap count over the last two games. It looks like that could end up being the case against the Atlanta Falcons.
Cornerback Shaquill Griffin didn’t practice Thursday, having suffered a concussion last week. He hasn’t cleared the protocol yet and it remains to be seen if he will suit up Sunday. Wide receiver Tavon Austin (shoulder), punter Logan Cook (knee), Tyson Campbell (shoulder), safety Andre Cisco (groin), Myles Jack (knee), and linebacker Dakota Allen (shoulder) also got the questionable tag.
If Griffin and/or Campbell don’t play, Navin Lawson or Chris Claybrooks are the next in line. That would be a significant hit for the Jaguars’ defense that ranks 19th in yards allowed. Here’s Thursday’s injury report.
The Falcons could also be shorthanded against the Jaguars in Week 12.
On the bright side, Atlanta could also be without wide receiver Cordarelle Patterson, who was listed as a limited participant Thursday. He got hurt against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 10 and missed last week’s matchup against the New England Patriots. The 2013 first-round pick has totaled 776 yards and seven touchdowns and his 39 receptions are the second-most receptions among Falcons offensive players this season, only trailing tight end Kyle Pitts.
Defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard (ankle) and defensive back Kendall Sheffield (hamstring) haven’t practiced this week and are a good bet to sit out Sunday. Bullard has missed two games this season but played 33 percent of Atlanta’s offensive snaps against the New England Patriots. On the other hand, Sheffield has suited up for just three games and has missed the Falcons’ last two games and seven overall in 2021.
The Jaguars’ offense hasn’t been the same since Robinson got hurt but they can’t also give him more carries if he isn’t 100 percent healthy. In fact, giving him a limited workload may be the best course of action while he recovers. On the other hand, having Griffin would be great news for the defense.