The status of the quarterback remains uncertain.
The news regarding the Pro Bowl running back Monday was far more certain, though hardly in the way the Jaguars might have hoped.
“He’s probably going to be out,” Mularkey said of Jones-Drew Monday, a day after the Jaguars’ 26-23 overtime loss to the Oakland Raiders in Oakland.
“I can’t tell you the extent of time, but I can tell you he’ll be out this game.”
Mularkey was more optimistic regarding
Gabbert, the Jaguars’ starting quarterback the last 20 games, sustained an injury his left (non-throwing) shoulder, and although he did not play the second half Sunday, Mularkey said there is a chance he could play Sunday.
The injuries to Jones-Drew and Gabbert were among several for the Jaguars Sunday.
Mularkey said Jones-Drew sustained the injury on the first play, and couldn’t return despite several attempts to re-tape the foot.
“He just didn’t have the support he needed to run the ball,” Mularkey said.
Mularkey said he didn’t know the specifics of Jones-Drew’s injury, but based on the team’s experience with foot injuries this season he could rule Jones-Drew out Sunday. Jaguars defensive end
“We’re hoping it’s not that,” Mularkey said.
Mularkey said while backup quarterback
He said the team could sign another running back this week.
“There’s a chance, we’ve got to look and see who’s out there,” Mularkey said, “but nobody in particular right now.”
Mularkey said the Jaguars didn’t protect Henne adequately enough to get an accurate read on his performance.
“It’s hard to give a guy a grade when the protection is not up to the standards that we need to win,” Mularkey said.
Mularkey said what was most frustrating about the loss was what has been the case in many of the team’s losses, “there were a lot of good things that happened.” He said that was especially true of the defense, with the line having perhaps its best game of the season, registering two sacks, helping force an interception and pressuring Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer throughout.
The Jaguars also held running back Darren McFadden to 53 yards on 19 carries, but despite holding a double-digit lead for the first time this season, the Jaguars couldn’t hold and lost a third consecutive game.
“We already know our shortcoming in finishing games, but we have to find a way to actually do it,” Mularkey said. “At halftime, we talked about it, that it was a great opportunity for us to do what we had failed to do in the first quarter of games.
“We’re all well aware of it on the sidelines. We had some opportunities and didn’t come through on them. There were a handful of plays in that game that made a difference in that game. Unfortunately, we did not execute. That was the difference. They did.”
In other news:
*Mularkey did not rule linebacker
*Mularkey said while wide receiver
*Mularkey said while some of Henne’s performance Sunday may have to do with getting a limited number of repetitions as the backup quarterback, the Jaguars have no plans to change that approach. Gabbert takes nearly every snap, as is the norm with NFL starting quarterbacks.