The injury bug has hit several teams hard the past few days. The Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals lost tight end Mark Andrews, and Joe Burrow, respectively, on Thursday Night Football. While not as serious, the Jacksonville Jaguars will be without cornerback Tyson Campbell and return specialist Jamal Agnew in Week 11. Both players have already been ruled out. On the bright side, there's a chance the Jags will get back wide receiver Zay Jones, who's suited up for just three games this season, for the divisional bout against the Tennessee Titans.
The Jags released their final injury report Friday. Campbell and Agnew have been ruled out. Head coach Doug Pederson had said that the shoulder injury Agnew suffered in Week 10 was more serious than originally thought. Similarly, Campbell has been marred by the same hamstring injury, so their absence Sunday doesn't come as a surprise.
Jones, on the other hand, got the questionable tag. That bodes well for the East Carolina Product, who returned to practice last week but didn't play in the loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Jones was the subject of legal woes earlier this week. He was booked in Duval County Jail Monday and released on bond the following day. Not long after the incident, the organization released a statement saying they were in the process of collecting evidence.
When Pederson addressed the local media Wednesday, he said Jones would be available until "they hear something." Given that there are no updates, Jones will take the field Sunday if he's good to go. Right tackle Anton Harrison (back), defensive end Roy Robertson-Harrison (ankle), and wide receiver Parker Washington (knee) also got the questionable tag for Week 11.
The Titans, for their part, have ruled out left tackle Andre Dillard, cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting, and wide receiver Treylon Burks.
The Jaguars have an edge vs. the Titans, they must take advantage of it
The Jacksonville Jaguars are a better team on paper than the Titans. Then again, they've also stacked up favorably against the Houston Texans in Week 3 and still managed to lose. Still, Tennessee is a relatively weak state heading into Week 11, which presents a great opportunity for the Jags to bounce back from the embarrassing loss lo the San Francisco 49ers.
Not only are the Titans dealing with injuries but rookie Will Levis will be behind center Sunday. A second-round pick in this year's draft, Levis had a promising NFL debut, throwing four touchdowns and no picks against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 8. However, his early success didn't carry over into the past two games. If Tennessee wants to have a shot at beating the Jaguars at EverBank Stadium, they'll need to lean on Derrick Henry and Levis will need to play a mistake-free game.
However, both goals will be difficult to achieve when you take into account that the Titans' offensive line has been a liability this season (sounds familiar?). If outside linebackers Josh Allen and Travon Walker can get into a rhythm, Levis and the Tennessee offense could be in for a long day.
That said, no divisional matchup is ever easy and the Jacksonville Jaguars cannot afford to get caught off guard. Simply put, they can't pass up the opportunity to rebound and get back in the win column.