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Friday update: Hurns return likely


JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars got some long-awaited good news at receiver Friday.

Allen Hurns, one of the team's most tenured veteran wide receivers, is expected to play against the Tennessee Titans Sunday. That's according to the team's final injury report of the week Friday.

Hurns, who has been out the last six games with an ankle injury, practiced limited throughout the week. He was not listed with a status on the Friday injury report – an indication a player likely will play.

"He's a veteran guy, but it's always better when you're out there playing," Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone said when asked about the importance of Hurns playing Sunday with the playoffs approaching next week.

Hurns' return would add experience to a young receiver corps, with rookie Keelan Cole, rookie Dede Westbrook, first-year veteran Jaydon Mickens and practice-squad signee Montay Crockett the other receivers expected to be available Sunday.

Hurns, who has 36 receptions for 446 yards and two touchdowns in nine games this season, worked limited leading up to a loss to San Francisco this past Sunday.

"Last week was a good week that he knocked the rust off," Marrone said. "I think he's ready to go."

Wide receiver Marqise Lee (ankle) was ruled out Friday and will miss a second consecutive game. Allen Robinson, who started opposite Lee at receiver in Week 1, has been out since that regular-season opener with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

The AFC South Champion Jaguars (10-5) will play the Titans (8-7) at Nissan Stadium in Nashville Sunday at 4:25 p.m. They will then host a game on Wild Card Weekend January 6-7.

Marrone has said throughout the week the Jaguars will play healthy starters Sunday until the game is no longer in doubt despite the team being locked into the AFC's No. 3 playoff seed. The Titans can clinch a postseason appearance with a victory Sunday.

"We've had a good week of practice," Marrone said.

Three Jaguars players were listed as questionable on the team's Friday injury report: linebacker Blair Brown (concussion), who worked full Thursday and Friday after working limited Wednesday; left tackle Cam Robinson (abdomen), who worked limited all week; and defensive tackle Abry Jones (back), who did not practice during the week.

The following players were listed without statuses and therefore expected to be healthy enough to play Sunday: quarterback Blake Bortles (right wrist), linebacker Lerentee McCray (knee), Cole (quadriceps), Hurns and tight end Marcedes Lewis (ankle).

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