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Friday update: Questionable on the line

Posted Nov 10, 2017

Three Jaguars starting offensive linemen – RG A.J. Cann, RT Jermey Parnell and LG Patrick Omameh – listed as questionable for Sunday against Los Angeles Chargers

JACKSONVILLE – It may not be dire, but it’s not ideal.

That’s the status of the Jaguars’ offensive line entering the weekend, with three starters questionable for Sunday’s home game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Starting right guard A.J. Cann, who missed last Sunday’s victory over the Cincinnati Bengals with a triceps injury, was listed as questionable on the team’s final injury report of the week Friday – as were starting right tackle Jermey Parnell (knee) and starting left guard Patrick Omameh (knee).

“I think there’s always a concern when you have three of them that are limited,” Head Coach Doug Marrone said as the Jaguars (5-3) prepared to play the San Diego Chargers (3-5) at EverBank Field Sunday at 1 p.m. “We’re fortunate that we have three [experienced reserves] on the roster, so we could make moves if we need to.”

Cann, Parnell and Omameh were among four Jaguars players listed as questionable Friday. Wide receiver Marqise Lee also was listed as questionable.

Lee, a starter in all eight games this season, practiced on a limited basis Thursday and Friday. He started the last two games after missing practice Wednesday and Thursday.

Cann, Parnell and Omameh all practiced limited throughout the week. Cann’s absence against Cincinnati came after he was injured late in the week, which caused the Jaguars to make a late adjustment with center Brandon Linder moving to guard and Tyler Shatley playing center.

“Players are kind of resilient,” Marrone said. “They understand the situation and get themselves ready to go. It’s always easier the earlier you can tell someone to be ready. The reality of that helps the situation. The earlier they know the better.”

Starting left tackle Cam Robinson and Linder both practiced full all week, and the Jaguars have five reserve offensive linemen: Shatley, swing tackle Josh Wells, guard Chris Reed, offensive lineman Josh Walker and offensive lineman William Poehls.

Poehls and Walker have been inactive for all eight games this season.

Marrone declined to call Cann, Parnell and Omameh “game-time decisions.”

“You’ve got all day today (Friday) and all day tomorrow (Saturday) so we’ll see how those guys go,” Marrone said. “It will be a big challenge for them, getting themselves ready to go. I think you take it how it goes. I think each guy’s a little bit different.”

The Chargers feature one of the NFL’s better defensive fronts, with pass rushers Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram both having 8.5 sacks this season.

Also Friday, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus returned to practice after missing Wednesday and Thursday with an illness. Dareus registered three tackles and a pressure in 12 snaps last week in his first game since being acquired in a bye-week trade from Buffalo.

Wide receiver Arrelious Benn (groin), cornerback Jalen Ramsey (groin) and quarterback Blake Bortles (right wrist) were not given a game status on the injury report Friday and are expected to play Sunday.  Ramsey and Benn worked limited Wednesday and Bortles worked full all week.

 

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