The Jaguars D-Line and WR depth could be tested vs. the Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi (94) at TIAA Bank Field.Jki Ota7 36
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi (94) at TIAA Bank Field.Jki Ota7 36 /

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts will face off against each other in Week 6 and both clubs have already ruled out a handful of key players for the game. Indy announced Friday that linebacker Shaquille Leonard and defensive end Kwity Paye won’t suit up while the Jags have downgraded defensive tackle Folorunso Fatukasi and wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr.

Fatukasi has been dealing with a quad injury and was listed as questionable for the game. He missed last week’s contest against the Houston Texans. Jones (hamstring) also got the questionable tag. Linebacker Foyesade Oluokun, defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton and wide receiver Zay Jones are also questionable but they have better odds of suiting up.

A sixth-round pick by the New York Jets in 2018, Fatukasi signed a three-year deal worth $30 million with Jacksonville in the offseason. Before last week, he had started every game this season.

On the other hand, Jones joined the Jags last year and was expected to be their No. 2 receiver before injuries at the position pushed him into a larger role. This season, he’s hauled in 18 receptions for 208 yards with one touchdown. Here’s how the Jags’ Week 6 injury report looked before Saturday’s announcement.

The Jaguars could be without important D-Line, WR pieces vs. the Colts

Zay Jones missed the Jags’ game against the Philadelphia Eagles and not having him and Marvin Jones would be a big blow for the Jags. Whether Zay Jones is good to go, Jamal Agnew will most likely fill in for him. Tim Jones should also get a handful of snaps but couldn’t take advantage of his playing opportunities when called upon.

On the other hand, Adam Gotsis an important part of the Jags’ defensive line rotation, could make his second start of the season. Similarly, veteran Corey Peters, who was first signed to the practice squad and later to the active roster, should see an uptick in playing time.

Then, there’s linebacker Foyesade Oloukon. If he doesn’t play Sunday, rookie Chad Muma will take his spot in the starting lineup. A third-round pick in this year’s draft, Muma has mostly gotten playing time on special teams but there’s a chance he might make his first NFL start against the Colts.

When the Jags played the Colts in Week 2, they were pretty healthy but they’ll be without a couple of key players this time around. But they must overcome them if they want to end their two-game losing skid.

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