With only a few days to go before the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans kickoff in London in a pivotal AFC South clash, several key Jaguars players are dealing with injuries.
When the team's Wednesday injury report was released, it listed 10 Jaguars dealing with injuries that either limited or held them out of practice. Among those that did not practice were defensive lineman Calais Campbell (back), center Brandon Linder (shoulder), linebacker Quincy Williams (hamstring), linebacker Leon Jacobs (hamstring), kicker Josh Lambo (groin) and slot cornerback D.J. Hayden (neck/shoulder).
And this doesn't even take into account players like wide receiver Dede Westbrook, who has been dealing with a nagging shoulder injury, or players like defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (core muscle) or Marqise Lee (shoulder), each of whom have been placed on the team's reserve/injured list in the last seven days.
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone addressed a few of his team's injuries on Wednesday, specifically regarding Lambo and Hayden.
“I don’t see it being as serious. I think he’ll be OK," Marrone said regarding Lambo's injury. "We may back ourselves up and bring some guys in just to cover ourselves, because like you said, we leave and go to London, so we just want to make sure beforehand.”
As for Hayden, it appears his injury is one that may come down to the wire more than Lambo's, and his status for Sunday certainly appears to be in question.
“I think we’re going to wait and see. I think we’re going to take it day-by-day, and we have all the way up to game time," Marrone said regarding Hayden.
"I think we’re going to wait and see. I think we’re going to take it day-by-day, and we have all the way up to game time. I just think it’s a matter of just resting and everything calming down. And if it’s gone down, he’s ready to go. So, like I said, he’ll be listed as questionable and then we’ll see where he is.”
Hayden and Lambo are both huge contributors, with Lambo being one of the NFL's best kickers this season and Hayden becoming a key element to what Jacksonville does on defense. If either is not able to play, it would be a big loss without question.
If Hayden doesn't play, third-year cornerback Breon Borders would likely take his place in the lineup.
Marrone did not provide updates for Williams' or Jacobs' injuries, but each missed last Sunday's game vs. the Jets with the same injury. Goode practicing in a limited capacity is a positive development, but if he and Williams remain out against Houston, reserve linebacker Austin Calitro is likely to start his second consecutive game.
Jacksonville would also later list quarterback Gardner Minshew on the injury report with shoulder soreness from Week 8's game, but he practiced in a full capacity on Wednesday and took all of his normal reps in practice.