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First off the Field: Yeldon possible Saturday


JACKSONVILLE – T.J. Yeldon's weekend could be big after all.

Yeldon, a rookie running back held out of contact for nearly two weeks with a finger injury, could play in the Jaguars' preseason game against the New York Giants Saturday night.

The Jaguars early Thursday afternoon released a list of players who have been ruled out of the game, a list that included wide receiver Marqise Lee, safety Johnathan Cyprien, safety James Sample and tight end Julius Thomas.

Yeldon, who has worked in a non-contact jersey since sustaining the injury in an August 8 scrimmage at EverBank Field, was not on the list.

"I'm very excited," Yeldon said Thursday after the Jaguars' walkthrough practice at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields. "It would be my first time playing in an NFL game. I wanted to play last week, but I couldn't, so I'll be glad if I get a chance to play."

Yeldon, the No. 36 overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft from the University of Alabama, likely will not start if he plays. The Jaguars have rotated running backs throughout training camp, and Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said Denard Robinson likely will start Saturday.

Bradley also said Yeldon could be close to a game-time decision, and that the discussion on whether to play him Saturday would center on the possibility of re-injury.

"We'd like to see him, but I think it's risk-reward: where are we at with his injury?'' Bradley said. "We'll err on caution."

Bradley said starting defensive tackle Roy Miller, who did not play in the preseason opener while returning from offseason knee surgery, will be a game-time decision.

"He's going to go through warmups and see where he's at," Bradley said of Miller. "We expect him to play, though."

The Jaguars ruled out the following players for Saturday: Lee (hamstring), cornerback Peyton Thompson (hamstring), Sample (arm), Cyprien (finger), offensive tackle Brennan Williams (knee), Thomas (hand), wide receiver Neal Sterling (hamstring) and defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks (knee).

Bradley also said defensive end Chris Clemons will not play against the Giants. A 12-year veteran, Clemons was moved off the active non-football injury list on Monday.

Sample was moved off the physically unable to perform list Monday and is aiming to return for the team's Preseason Week 3 game against Detroit on August 28. Marks is still on the physically unable to perform list and is aiming for a return in the regular-season opener against Carolina September 13 at EverBank Field.

Bradley said he expects the team's starters to play deeper in the game than against Pittsburgh. Starting quarterback Blake Bortles left the preseason opener after leading a touchdown drive midway through the second quarter.

"I would think they'll go a little bit further," Bradley said. "We don't talk about how much further, but I would anticipate they're going to play more than they did last week."

Bradley as expected said he expects Stefen Wisniewski to start at center and to get equal repetitions with Luke Bowanko at the position. The two have competed throughout camp for the starting position, splitting days working with the starters. Bowanko started against the Steelers.

With Cyprien out, Bradley said second-year veteran Craig Loston will start at strong safety and split repetitions with third-year veteran Josh Evans.

"It's a great opportunity for them," Bradley said. "It's unfortunate with Cyp, but these two guys … they're not going to miss this opportunity, now. They're going to take full advantage of it."

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