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Coughlin expects Boselli to be ready for opener


The Jaguars concluded training camp this afternoon. That's good news for players who've been drained by the hottest temperatures of the summer the past two weeks.

However, the best news of the day was an update on the status of star offensive tackle Tony Boselli. Coach Tom Coughlin even said he expects Boselli to be in the lineup on opening day, Sept. 9, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"Oh, yeah, I hope so," Coughlin said when asked if Boselli would be ready for the start of the regular season.

"He had a little bit of swelling (this morning). We treated it and it came down. He did some leg lifts in the pool," Coughlin added.

Boselli suffered what was feared to be a serious injury to his right knee Sunday morning, while pass-blocking against defensive end Renaldo Wynn. Later in the day, the Jaguars announced that Boselli had suffered no structural damage to his knee; that the injury was a bone bruise.

Coughlin stood by that diagnosis today. He also stood by his initial report Sunday on how Boselli suffered the injury.

Meanwhile, star wide receiver Jimmy Smith took steps toward making his preseason debut this Thursday against visiting Kansas City. Smith practiced, though he clearly labored in the afternoon heat.

"He's got to work on his endurance, but he's doing fine. He needs to get tackled and feel like he's in the game," Coughlin said of Smith, who is recovering from triple abdominal surgery last spring.

Vic Ketchman is the Senior Editor of Jaguars Inside Report, the official team newspaper of the Jacksonville Jaguars. One-year subscriptions may be purchased by calling 1-888-846-5247.

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