The Jacksonville Jaguars avoided the injury bug early in the season but as the months progressed, several important contributors have had to miss games. Against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 15, they could be without several key players, including rookie outside linebacker Travon Walker.
The Jags released their final injury report ahead of the game and Walker’s name appeared in it. The former Georgia Bulldog had a breakout performance against the Tennessee Titans in Week 14, registering a strip sack and a 25 percent pass-rush win rate.
Walker did some individual work Friday but missed team practice the whole week. While there’s a slim chance he might be good to go, the coaching staff must err on the right side of caution and keep him out if needed.
Other Jaguars that got the questionable tag ahead of Sunday were Trevor Lawrence (toe), cornerback Darious Williams (abdomen), safety Andrew Wingard (shoulder), linebacker Chad Muma (ankle), and right guard Brandon Scherff. Here’s the full report.
Not having Travon Walker would be a huge blow for the Jaguars
The timing of Walker’s injury couldn’t come at a worse time, as he was hitting his stride. After rushing the passer from a standup position for most of the season, he lined up in a three-point stance against the Titans and went on to have his most productive game as a rookie. Not having him against Dallas would put added pressure on outside linebackers Josh Allend and Dawuane Smoot to get after quarterback Dak Prescott.
On the bright side, there’s a good chance all the other Jaguars that popped up on the report will suit up against the Cowboys. Head coach Doug Pederson told the media that Scherff and Williams know how to prepare and should be good to go. Similarly, the team’s brass kept Trevor Lawrence away from practice as a precautionary measure.
Muma missed the Titans game with an ankle injury but will most likely be back in the starting lineup with Devin Lloyd taking on a complementary role.
All things considered, the injury report for Week 15 might look worse than it really is. With the exception of Walker, everyone should be a ready to go, which is a good thing because the Jags will need to be as close as full strength as possible if they want to beat the Cowboys and keep their playoff hopes alive for one more week.