Friday: Bouye to play Sunday

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JACKSONVILLE – The news for A.J. Bouye Friday was expected and good.

The status of two other Jaguars starters was less certain entering the weekend.

Bouye, a starting cornerback, practiced full Friday and is expected to play against the AFC North-leading Pittsburgh Steelers at TIAA Bank Field Sunday at 1 p.m. The second-team Associated Press All-Pro selection last season missed the past two games with a calf injury.

Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone said Bouye’s two-week absence won’t limit the Jaguars defensively on Sunday.

“We’re going into the game with everything,” Marrone said. “There are no limitations from that standpoint.”

Two Jaguars starters questionable entering the weekend: guard A.J. Cann, who worked limited Thursday and Friday with a hamstring injury; and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, who worked limited Wednesday and Thursday before missing practice Friday with triceps and back issues.

Also, Ereck Flowers could make his first start at left tackle for the Jaguars Sunday.

Flowers, the No. 9 overall selection by the New York Giants in the 2015 NFL Draft who signed with the Jaguars following a Week 5 loss to Kansas City, worked full Friday after being limited Wednesday and Thursday with a knee injury.

Flowers shared time in a 29-26 loss to the Colts last Sunday with veteran guard/tackle Josh Walker, the starter at left tackle the last four weeks. Walker did not practice this week and is listed as doubtful with foot and ankle injuries.

Flowers would be the Jaguars’ fourth starting left tackle this season. Cam Robinson started the first two games of the season before sustaining a torn anterior cruciate ligament in a Week victory over New England. Josh Wells started Weeks 3-5 before sustaining a groin injury in a Week 5 loss at Kansas City.

The Jaguars, in addition to left tackle, have sustained a slew of injuries at tight end and running back this season. Starting running back Leonard Fournette missed six of the first eight games with a hamstring injury, and third-team running back Corey Grant has missed the last four games with a season-ending foot injury.

Starting tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and backup tight end Niles Paul are both on injured reserve, as starting wide receiver Marqise Lee. Center Brandon Linder was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a knee injury.

“It’s part of it,” Marrone said. “I can’t really put it into words, because there’s just so many. What makes it tougher is when there’s so many at one position. That’s what kind of tough – whether it’s tight end, left tackle – and obviously the running-back situation. …

“It’s always tough when you have multiple injuries at one position group. It’s challenging. Really, when you have to go outside the practice squad and outside the building, that’s tough. There’s not a lot out there.”

Nose tackle Eli Ankou also is listed as doubtful with a calf injury and cornerback Quenton Meeks on Friday was ruled out with the knee injury that kept him out of the Colts game.

The following players are expected to play after practicing will with injuries Friday: safety Tashaun Gipson (wrist), linebacker Telvin Smith (shoulder) and linebacker Lerentee McCray (hamstring).

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