The Jacksonville Jaguars could potentially have Walker Little and Ezra Cleveland back in the trenches for their Week 15 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. Both practiced Wednesday, so there's a chance they'll suit up Sunday.
Head coach Doug Pederson met with the local media and gave updates on all the players who have been dealing with injuries. Regarding Little and Cleveland, Pederson says both linemen are day-to-day but making strides.
"Both guys are doing well, day-to-day right now," Pederson said. "We'll get them in some of these walkthroughs that we're going to do in the morning and see how they respond to the afternoon practice but both are trending in the right way."
Little suffered a hamstring injury against the Cincinnati Bengals and sat out the loss to the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland filled in for him at left tackle but exited the game with a knee injury.
On the other hand, safety Andre Cisco, and cornerback Tyson Campbell were non-participants in practice Wednesday, but Pederson says they're also day-to-day. Cornerback Tre Herndon took part in practice but wore an orange jersey because he hasn't cleared concussion protocol. On a side note, the Jaguars have activated return specialist Jamal Agnew's window to return from Injured Reserve.
Agnew suffered rib and shoulder injuries on the loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He was placed on IR not long after. It's uncertain if he will play against Baltimore but his return could give the return game a boost. Moreover, it would allow rookie wide receiver Parker Washington and running back D'Ernest Johnson to fully focus on their respective roles on offense. Here's the injury report for Wednesday:
Having Walker Little and Ezra Cleveland vs. the Ravens would be huge for the Jaguars
Trevor Lawrence managed to come out of the loss to Cleveland unscathed in spite of not getting ideal protection. Then again, this is understandable when you take into account the Jags were without Walker Little and Ezra Cleveland. Their return to practice is good news, even though there's no guarantee they'll both play in Week 15.
Blake Hance, who stepped in at left tackle when Cleveland left, gave up eight pressures against the Browns. Given that he was tasked with trying to contain defensive end Myles Garrett, his lack of success isn't surprising. Similarly, reserve Tyler Shatley gave up three total pressures, and as a whole, the group surrendered 17 while posting a 27.9 Pro Football Focus pass-blocking grade.
Little and Cleveland would be helpful against a Baltimore defense that leads the league in sacks with 49 and ranks second in points scored. Also helping the Jaguars' chances of competing in Week 15 is that Trevor Lawrence is getting healthier. After being a limited participant in practice last week, he had no restrictions Wednesday.
The Jacksonville Jaguars face an uphill battle to beat the Baltimore Ravens. However, their chances will increase if both Ezra Cleveland and Walker Little are there to give Trevor Lawrence enough time to throw.