The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without wide receiver Zay Jones once again when they face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8. However, they could get a handful of key contributors back, including defensive lineman DaVon Hamilton, who could make his season debut.
The Jags already ruled out Jones and Gregory Junior for Sunday. On the other hand, Trevor Lawrence, offensive lineman Walker Little, cornerback Tyson Campbell, safety Andre Cisco, and right guard Brandon Scherff got the questionable tag.
Lawrence and Scherff popped up in last year's injury report but still managed to play. It shouldn't be any different against the Steelers. Cisco, for his part, hurt his hamstring in Week 7 and was pulled out of the game as a cautionary measure. Campbell has also been dealing with a hamstring injury for a couple weeks while Little hurt his MCL in Week 5. Both of them were listed as limited participants in practice this week.
When it comes to Jones, head coach Doug Pederson told the media Friday the receiver was still working through the knee injury that's held him back and didn't expect him to play. On the bright side, Hamilton has made progress and could make his season debut against the Steelers.
"Zay is still working through the knee injury. Don't expect him Sunday," Pederson said. "Hopefully next week with the BYE, we'll see where he's at after that. DaVon's trending well. He's practiced fully this week. If we get another good day today, we'll see how he feels and where he's at. There's a good chance that he could be active for this game, so we'll see how he does through today."
Hamilton started the 2023 season on Injury Reserve after suffering a non-football back injury in the preseason. He recently said he doesn't have any medical hurdles to clear and hopes he makes the trip to Pittsburgh. Based on Pederson's comments, he's got a good chance.
Regarding Walker, Pedersons says he's also had a good week of practice. He added that the team will make a decision on both Cisco and Campbell, noting they're trending in the right direction.
The Jacksonville Jaguars should let Walker Little and Tyson Campbell get fully healthy
Trevor Lawrence showed no signs of discomfort against the New Orleans Saints despite the fact that he played through the knee injury. Having had ample time to rest, it shouldn't be an issue Sunday. That said, the Jacksonville Jaguars may be better off keeping Walker Little and Tyson Campbell out. Why expose them to further risk? Instead, let them recover so they can be at full strength against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 10.
Maybe if the Jags didn't have any other options, they should then roll with Campbell and Little but sophomore Montaric Brown filled in for Campbell against the Saints and he was up to the task. Similarly, veteran Tyler Shatley has held his own whenever he's lined up at left guard this season.
Simply put, the Jaguars' roster has plenty of depth and they should take advantage of it. Facing the Steelers on the road is no easy task without Campbell or Little but Jacksonville has enough playmakers in place to leave Acrisure Stadium with their sixth win of the season.