The Jacksonville Jaguars won't have cornerback Tyson Campbell when they play the Houston Texans in Week 12. Campbell has been dealing with a hamstring injury and has already been ruled out for the divisional bout.
This news doesn't necessarily come as a surprise though. Head coach Doug Pederson didn't sound overly optimistic about Campbell's chances of suiting up Sunday.
"Tyson, again, he's close but I don't want to put him out there. He's still working though," Pederson told the local media Friday. "He's feeling better but probably still away. He's closer but not where we want them to be, so probably gonna be down for this game."
"Hamstring injuries are different by player. Everybody heals faster slower, then the next guy, so you take him individually and our team of doctors and trainers do a great job of getting them back. Especially now that this is his second incident really because he's missed time before, we want to make sure he's 100% upstairs before we put him out there," Pederson said.
Campbell got hurt against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6. He went on to miss two games before returning in Week 10. He re-injured his hamstring and sat up the 34-17 win over the Tennessee Titans. But as Pederson noted, the former Georgia Bulldog is making strides in his recovery, practicing this week, albeit on a limited basis, after not participating at all last week.
Defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris (ankle) and wide receiver Zay Jones (knee) were the only other Jaguars to show up on this week's injury report. Both are listed as questionable but barring a setback, they should be good to go Sunday.
The Jacksonville Jaguars cannot afford to drop this game vs. the Texans
The Jaguars have struggled against the Houston Texans in recent years. In fact, they've only beaten them once one time in 11 tries. However you look at it, that's a pretty lopsided rivalry. Jacksonville already dropped a game against their division foes this season, and they'll fall to second place in the AFC South if they lose again in Week 12.
While not having Tyson Campbell in the fold for this bout hurts, it shouldn't hinder the Jags' chances of winning Sunday. Sophomore Montaric Brown has filled in for him nicely, and he'll most likely get the starting nod opposite Darious Williams.
Also, there's too much at stake for the Jaguars to take this game lightly. Back in Week 3, the Texans were 0-2, and most definitely not the team they're right not. It's possible that Jacksonville took their foot off the gas pedal thinking they would get an easy win. They won't get caught off guard this time around, and if they can play like they did when they disposed of the Titans, they should come out of NRG Stadium with a win.
The Jaguars are currently in a four-way tie for the No. 2 playoff seed in the AFC. While seizing the top seed seems like a long shot, beating the Texans would ensure Jacksonville still has a shot.