JACKSONVILLE – Quarterback Blake Bortles should be able to play Sunday.
But he'll have one less experienced offensive skill player with whom to work after the Jaguars placed tight end Marcedes Lewis on injured reserve.
Lewis, the Jaguars' most-tenured offensive player, sustained a calf injury in a loss to the Detroit Lions Sunday. He will miss the rest of the season.
Bortles, the Jaguars' starting quarterback, is expected to play against the Buffalo Bills Sunday after playing through a shoulder injury sustained in the first half against Detroit.
"Just what I heard today it sounds like he should be in good shape," Bradley said of Bortles.
Bortles, who has started 39 consecutive games since taking over as the Jaguars' starting quarterback in Week 4 of the 2014 NFL season, remained in the game after the injury.
He left the field shortly before halftime to be evaluated, with backup Chad Henne taking a snap and kneeling to run out the clock on the final play of the half. That was Bortles' first missed snap since taking over as the starter.
Bortles said after the game Sunday that his shoulder was fine.
Bortles completed 22 of 35 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions Sunday, and he threw the two touchdown passes following his injury. He has completed 215 of 450 passes for 2,623 yards and 18 touchdowns with 13 interceptions this season.
The Jaguars signed defensive tackle Jordan Hill off waivers from the Washington Redskins to take Lewis' place on the 53-man roster. Hill is a four-year veteran originally selected by Seattle in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
WELLS TO THE 53
The Jaguars on Monday moved Josh Wells to the 53-man roster and placed left guard Patrick Omameh on injured reserve.
Wells (6-feet-6, 305 pounds), a third-year veteran offensive tackle, had been on the team's injured reserve/designated for return list with a thumb injury. Omameh sustained a left foot injury against Detroit.
The Jaguars had one of their most lengthy injury lists of the season in the wake of the Detroit loss, with five players – including Lewis and Omameh – leaving with injuries.
Cornerback Aaron Colvin and wide receiver Arrelious Benn will begin the week in the concussion protocol, while running back T.J. Yeldon left the game with an ankle injury and defensive end Jared Odrick played through a shoulder injury.
Defensive tackle Abry Jones also sustained an ankle sprain Sunday.
Bradley said the team adjusted well to the injuries, though he did say that the absence of Lewis throughout much of the game forced the team to "change up some things."
"In any game you have to be able to adjust on the run," Bradley said.
Linebacker Dan Skuta (back) will continue to rehabilitate this week.
Bradley said his confidence in special teams coordinator Mike Mallory has not waned in recent weeks. The Jaguars' special teams units have struggled in the last five games, losing three fumbles in a three-game span that included Oakland, Tennessee and Kansas City – and allowing a momentum-changing punt return per game in a three-game stretch that began with Kansas City and now includes Houston and Detroit. A 55-yard punt return by wide receiver Andre Roberts late in the second quarter gave the Lions a 9-6 lead Sunday. Bradley said he didn't believe coaching was the issue. "I don't know what you say when the guy is unblocked right there and misses a tackle," Bradley said. "It's execution. As a coach, you take responsibility for it and the player will take responsibility. You keep painting a picture of how it should look, but those tackles you have to make."
BREAKING THE STREAK
The Jaguars on Sunday registered two takeaways, ending a drought in the area that had lasted since the first quarter or a Week 4 victory over the Colts in London. Tight end Ben Koyack recovered a muffed punt for the first takeaway and linebacker Telvin Smith recovered a fumble for the second. The Jaguars also narrowly missed a takeaway on the Lions' first offensive play when cornerback Jalen Ramsey stripped the ball from wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Officials ruled that Boldin was down, and officials upheld the ruling after Bradley challenged. "I thought it was a great play by Jalen," Bradley said. "We looked at it on tape and you go back and forth on whether it was or not, but just the mindset. ... We were hoping for more, but it was cool to see that one pop up and get a couple of other opportunities."
"I think a lot of accountability is speaking the truth, and that's what we tried to hit on today. There were a lot of areas we hit on."