3. Jaguars HC Doug Pederson also shared an update on rookie Devin Lloyd
When the Jaguars drafted Devin Lloyd 27th overall earlier this year, they probably expected him to start at one middle linebacker spot from Day 1. However, the former Utah Ute has been dealing with a hamstring injury that could put off his rookie debut.
Lloyd has missed several days of practice and sat out Jacksonville’s last two games. While his injury isn’t the kind that requires surgery, the training staff has kept him away from team drills. However, that changed Monday, and Pederson shared an update on the rookie linebacker’s status.
"Devin is closer but we’ve got to see today and then Wednesday again to see where he’s at, Wednesday, Thursday, to really make a determination if he can play in this football game."
Maybe Lloyd will play against the Steelers but it wouldn’t be shocking if he doesn’t. The Jaguars have depth at middle linebacker, so they can afford to wait for Lloyd. Shaquille Quarterman has fared well in practice and the preseason. Similarly, Chad Muma played against the Cleveland Browns after struggling in the Hall of Fame game.
Lloyd was wearing full pads for Monday practice, so he’s clearly trending in the right direction. Here’s a video of him, via Jamal St. Cyr of News4JAX.
It’s important to point out that the Jags’ starting defense held the Browns’ starters on offense to just seven points in the first quarter of last Friday’s game. This has probably played a role in the Jaguars’ decision to take a conservative approach with Lloyd. Of course, the group could be even better once he joins them but the team’s brass is better off erring on the right side of caution.