Jaguars vs. Bengals inactives: Brenton Strange out, Josh Pederson to make debut

• Jaguars TE Brenton Strange was listed as questionable for MNF

• Strange won't be suiting up vs. the Bengals

• Josh Pederson will be making his regular-season debut

Jul 27, 2023; Jacksonville, FL, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Josh Pederson (49) participates
Jul 27, 2023; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Josh Pederson (49) participates / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Tight end Brenton Strange didn't practice Saturday and was listed as questionable heading into Monday Night Football. Knowing Strange could miss the bout, they elevated Josh Pederson from their practice squad earlier today. Now it's official, Strange won't be playing while Pederson will be making his regular-season debut.

Strange was one of six Jaguars players who showed up on the team's list of inactives for the game, meaning he's out. The others are wide receiver Elijah Cooks, cornerback Montaric Brown, outside linebacker Yasir Abdulah, defensive end Angelo Blackson, and offensive lineman Chandler Brewer.

Cornerback Tyson Campbell and running back Travis Etienne were also listed as questionable for the game. However, Campbell told reporters that he would likely play while head coach Doug Pederson told the media last week he expected Etienne to be available.

Strange, a second-round pick in this year's draft, has appeared in 11 games with two starts this season, logging 34 offensive snaps, and hauling in four receptions for 34 yards with one touchdown. Fellow tight end Luke Farrell was also listed as questionable for the game but he'll be suiting up.

Josh Pederson, son of head coach Doug Pederson, went undrafted in 2021. He had stints with the New Orleans Saints, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Kansas City Chiefs before playing for the Houston Gamblers of the United State Football League before joining the Jags earlier this year.

Having not made the original 53-man roster, Pederson was signed to the practice squad. He had previously appeared in the preseason but this will be the first time he'll suit up for a regular season game. While Evan Engram and Luke Farrell will get the lion's share of the workload, Pedederson could get around 10 offensive snaps and extensive playing time on special teams.

Here's a video of Josh Pederson warming up for the Jaguars' Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, via Mia O'Brien of 1010 XL:

The Jaguars will be getting Tyson Campbell and DaVon Hamilton back

This will be Tyson Campbell's first game since Week 10. The former Georgia Bulldog suffered a hamstring injury in Week 6 and missed the next two games. He returned against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 10 but re-injured his hamstring. Sophomore Monatric Brown has been feeling in for him. But with Campbell back in the fold, Brown was made inactive.

Also, DaVon Hamilton is back. He started the season on the Injured Reserve with a non-football injury. His 21-window to return was activated in October and made his 2023 debut against the Steelers in Week 8. He also suited up against the Niners but was made inactive the past two games.

Doug Pederson said he wanted to make sure Hamilton was 100 percent physically and mentally after missing the early part of the season. Having back for Week 13 could mean that the coaching staff is comfortable with where Hamilton is right now. His return to the lineup should give the pass rush a boost.

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