SAN JOSE, Calif. –
Jones-Drew, the Jaguars’ three-time Pro Bowl running back, missed practice for a second consecutive day as the team worked out at San Jose State Thursday afternoon while preparing for its game at Seattle Sunday.
Jones-Drew, who sustained a strained tendon in his ankle in a loss to the Raiders this past Sunday, has experienced swelling in the area. It is that swelling that Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said on Thursday has made Jones-Drew’s status a to-be-decided situation.
“It still bothers him,” Bradley said Thursday as the Jaguars (0-2) prepared to play the Seahawks (2-0) at CenturyLink Field at 4:25 p.m.
Bradley said when Jones-Drew stands on the balls of his feet there is swelling that causes pain. The swelling has gone down since Monday, but Bradley said it remains an issue.
“We’ve got to get that swelling out of there,” Bradley said.
On whether there was a chance Jones-Drew might not play, Bradley said, “We’ll see. We’d like to have him be 100 percent.”
“We just want to be smart with him,” Bradley said.
Bradley called the possibility that Gabbert would play even in a backup situation “highly, highly unlikely.”
“We’ll see how the rest of the days go, but we’re not counting on that,” Bradley said.
Ball played through the soreness Sunday, and Bradley said he is working through soreness this week. Bradley said recently-acquired cornerback
“He could be the third corner,” Bradley said, adding that Fleming likely would play as an outside corner. “He has 4.4 speed. He’s strong at the point. Now, it’s just how fast we can get him caught up.”
Also on Thursday:
*Fisch said the key will be winning the matchup between the Jaguars’ offensive line and Seahawks’ defensive front. “We have to win up front,” Fisch said, adding that that would enable the Jaguars to be more balanced and to run more effectively. The Jaguars have given up 12 sacks in two games and rushed for 1.8 yards per carry last week in a loss to Oakland. “The offensive line definitely got better; they certainly improved – I think the whole offense as a whole (improved),” Fisch said.
*Fisch, who spent 2010 as an assistant in Seattle, said the crowd noise at CenturyLink Field is significant, likening it to an SEC stadium. “It’s what makes the Seattle Seahawks,” he said. “It’s a ton of fun.” Fisch said the Jaguars already incorporate hand signals into the offense and that they won’t need to add significantly this week in that area. “We hope that we’re able to handle it and have composure and be poised,” Fisch said.
*Rookie wide receiver