JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser examines the Thursday that was as the Jaguars continued preparing to play the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California, Sunday at 4:25 p.m.
IVORY RETURNS TO EVERBANK
Chris Ivory opted against discussing specifics.
What the Jaguars' veteran running back did discuss Thursday was his return to EverBank Field following his hospitalization earlier this week – and his appreciation for a lot of people.
Ivory, who missed the Jaguars' regular-season opener against Green Bay Sunday after he was hospitalized early that morning, was released from the hospital Tuesday. He returned to EverBank Field Thursday, and released a statement through the team thanking the Jaguars' medical staff, first responders and "everyone at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville" for their assistance.
Ivory also said in the announcement he appreciated "everyone's sensitivity in this personal matter," and didn't discuss details when speaking with the media Thursday afternoon.
"I'd rather not speak about the specifics, but it's something that needed the attention," Ivory said. "(I) went in with pain and got the problem fixed."
Ivory added, "Feels good to be back. I'm just ready to get back going."
While neither Ivory nor Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley offered a timetable on Ivory's return, Bradley said Thursday afternoon it seemed unlikely Ivory would play when the Jaguars visit the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California, Sunday at 4:25 p.m.
"It would be really challenging for him," Bradley said. "We'll see, but I would think that the arrow would be down."
Bradley added that he spoke with Ivory Thursday.
"He just wants to move forward," Bradley said. "He's like, 'Hey, I'm back with the team and meeting with the trainers and stuff.' He's always had that mindset to focus on today and what do I need to do and just wants to move on. Just thankful that it all worked out."
T.J. Yeldon rushed for 39 yards and a touchdown for the Jaguars against Green Bay Sunday, and the Jaguars as a team rushed for 48 yards on 26 carries. Yeldon and Ivory are expected to share carries this season, with Denard Robinson and Corey Grant the other backs on the roster.
"I'm looking to be back soon," Ivory said, adding of the season opener, "I would have loved to be out there and contribute and help the team win. I thought we played really strong, but all we can do now is move forward and get ready for the next game and carry over from what we did this past game."
While Ivory declined to discuss the nature of what the team accounted as a "general medical issue," he said he didn't expect the problem to persist.
"There are no more issues," Ivory said. "I'm ready to go. I did a little cardio today and now it's day-by-day. .. I'm not going to put a time on it, but when the time comes, I'll be ready to go."
BACK AT IT
Cornerback Jalen Ramsey and tight end Julius Thomas practiced full for a second consecutive day on Thursday. Both sustained sprained ankles Sunday and practiced full Wednesday.
Cornerback Prince Amukamara (hamstring) and Ivory both missed practice for a second consecutive day Thursday, with right tackle Jermey Parnell (groin) also missing practice. Leo defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. missed practice with an illness but Bradley said he expects Fowler to play Sunday.
"Anticipation is that he should be fine," Bradley said of Fowler.
"Certainly our run game is a big emphasis for us this week. We will be more physical and we need to be productive with that part of the game. We went into that game against Green Bay knowing that that would be a big part of trying to limit the possessions that they would have on their side of the ball. We were committed to the run, but we weren't as efficient as we needed to be in the run. It is a big emphasis this week."
--Offensive coordinator Greg Olson
"I told the players I take full responsibility for that obviously as the play caller and coordinator. We wanted to have some options. We knew there was a possibility of them bringing a blitz. They didn't bring the all-out blitz that we were anticipating. I will find better ways and better answers. …. We didn't execute the play, so that again falls on me."
--Olson on a fourth-and-1 pass to wide receiver Allen Hurns that lost a yard at the end of Sunday's loss to Green Bay