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Monroe, a starter in 42 of a possible 48 games in three NFL seasons, was hit in the head in an early period of practice, according to Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey. Monroe’s status is uncertain for Friday night’s preseason game at New Orleans.
“We’re just going to make sure he’s fine,” Mularkey said. “I don’t think it’s anything serious but we’ll check it out. As far as I know he got hit and went in early.”
Mularkey said Monroe could be put into the “concussion program,” in which players undergo tests to determine if a blow to the head indeed is a concussion. A player then typically misses time based on the severity of the situation.
Entering the program does not mean a player has a concussion, but being in the program often means a player missing at least a day or two for precautionary reasons.
“If we have to put him in the program he would probably be held out (against New Orleans),” Mularkey said.
The Jaguars have spent much of training camp dealing with injuries along the line. Monroe missed a few days early with swelling in his knee, and guard
“It’s hard to be stable when we’ve got different line ups in every play,” Mularkey said. “It’s not practices; it’s series that we’re fitting guys in. It’s hard to get any continuity with the injuries we’ve been having. They’ve done a great job of doing what they’ve done to fit in there and allow us to at least practice and get some things done.”
Blackmon, the No. 5 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, began practicing in full pads Monday after ending a 10-day holdout to start camp the previous Monday. Mularkey has said throughout the week that conditioning is the major issue regarding Blackmon, because players can’t simulate football conditioning when working out alone.
“He’s getting better,” Mularkey said.
Mularkey said the plan remains to play Blackmon along with the first-team offense for a half against the Saints Friday. Mularkey said he expects Blackmon’s conditioning will be an issue when the team is in two-minute offense.
“That’s hurry up,” he said. “The plays are being called at the line, you’ve got to execute them, get back at the line in a quick fashion and his conditioning will show up there, especially in the game. He’s just got to get in the game condition which we’re trying to do with him.
“That’s why we’re putting him in as quickly as we are.”
“I was pretty pleased. We got a lot done with three days in pads in the heat. Like I said (Tuesday), this is the fourth quarter of the game. You’ve got to kind of find a way to come out here at 8:30 in the morning and you’re hurting and I thought we got a lot of work done especially the situational, the two minute and the red zone.”
DE JEREMY MINCEY SAYS
“It feels better when you come out of the blue and do things no one expects you to do. I like this position we’re in, where we’re not getting the notoriety. It’s going to come. We’re working hard. I watch TV. All they show is our bad highlights on ESPN. It’s going to come. We’re working hard. You can see how the team’s binding. We’re keeping our head down and working.”
WHAT WE SAW
Another day, another physical practice. That was pretty much the norm during Jaguars 2012 Training Camp, especially in the last week, and the team closed the week with a third consecutive physical morning. Left guard
Training camp continues Thursday with a 9:15 a.m. walkthrough, after which the Jaguars will leave for New Orleans to play the Saints in the second preseason game Friday. Training camp will conclude with a 1:50 practice Sunday.
As two-a-days came to an end Wednesday, there was a lot of optimistic talk in the locker room about just what the team accomplished in two weeks. Most notable was talking to guard
*Lewis caught two touchdowns in the back of the end zone during an early red-zone drill, with each throw coming from
*Not only did Spitz, Estes and Rackley remain out of practice Wednesday, tight end
*Defensive tackle Tyson Alualu could play eight-to-10 plays against the Saints Friday, Mularkey said. Alualu missed Friday’s preseason opener against the Giants after undergoing offseason knee surgery. Mularkey also said cornerback
*Gabbert tweaked his back in a drill in the morning practice, but Mularkey said Gabbert told him after practice he is fine.