Jaguars HC Doug Pederson provides injury updates following Preseason win vs. Lions

• Injuries are adding up for the Jaguars ahead of the opener

• Doug Pederson provided updates for several players

Aug 19, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback C.J. Beathard (3).
Aug 19, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback C.J. Beathard (3). / Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars entered training camp with a relatively clean bill of health. However, injuries have struck over the last two weeks. Following the 25-7 win over the Detroit Lions, head coach Doug Pederson gave an update on players who are currently out.

Pederson says offensive tackle Josh Wells, who got hurt during joint practices with the Lions will miss time but didn't offer a timeline for his return, "Josh Wells, obviously injured himself in Detroit. He's gonna miss a little time toward the end of camp," the head coach told the media Monday. He later said Wells hurt his abductor.

Right tackle Anton Harrison, who has been dealing with a shoulder injury, was kept out of the game for cautionary reasons. Pederson says he didn't "want to risk further injury." Offensive lineman Chandler Brewer is in concussion protocol, "got dinged in the third quarter, will be in the protocol this week. We'll see where he's at in a couple of weeks,".

Daryl Williams had a shoulder injury but stayed in and played though. He'll be available for the preseason finale, according to Pederson. Rookie Cooper Hodges suffered a patella injury versus the Lions and will miss time. Pederson isn't sure how much but he's already ruled him out for the final versus Miami.

Offensive lineman Tyler Shatley, who experienced AFib in training camp and is on blood thinners, will return this week, "no contact for him, he'll be going throughout the individual stuff." Regarding defensive tackle Foley Fatukasi, Pederson says the team kept him in a boot for precautionary reasons. He then said they hope they can get him out of the boot this week but won't play against Miami. Also, rookie defensive back Antonio Johnson is still dealing with a hamstring injury and Pederson is unsure when he'll be back.

Pederson doesn't have an update on defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton, though. "He's still monitored by medical professionals in town and making sure he's 100 percent. I got a text message to update you on that, got a text message this morning that he's doing much better and feeling better, so he's definitely on the road to recovery", Pederson said. He added that he won't speculate on a timetable. Here's the full exchange with the media.

Reinforcements are in the way for the Jaguars ahead of Preseason Week 3

In spite of the string of injuries, Pederson says the Jaguars aren't planning on adding any other players. He noted that Ben Bartch, who was activated from the Active/Physically Unable list, will return to practice and will be eased into action.

"We get Ben Bartch this week. He started his time last week, we're going to increase his reps this week and he'll have a chance to play in the Miami game and give some quality reps there.

Bartch dislocated his knee last year and spent the offseason rehabbing. He started training camp on the PUP list but it looks like he'll be ready for the opener. Having him back will lessen the impact of the injuries the Jaguars have experienced.

Working in the Jaguars' favor is that they'll have a couple of weeks to get healthy before they face the Indianapolis Colts in the opener. Although there are a handful of players that will miss extended time — DaVon Hamilton, Josh Wells — they seem to have enough depth to overcome their absence.

There's only so much that teams can do to prevent injuries but it looks like the Jaguars are in a position to withstand a few come Week 1.

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