Friday update: Ivory, Linder may play

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JACKSONVILLE – Chris Ivory has a chance to play Sunday.

That was perhaps the biggest news around the Jaguars Friday, with the veteran running back's removal from the injury report indicating he may play against the Houston Texans.

Center Brandon Linder also was removed from the injury report Friday. He has worked limited Wednesday and Thursday with an ankle injury after missing last Sunday's loss at Minnesota, and Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley on Friday said both Ivory and Linder have a chance to play Sunday.

"It would be really good if we can [get Linder and Ivory back Sunday],'' Bradley said Friday as the Jaguars (2-11) prepared to play the Texans (7-6) at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, Sunday at 1 p.m.

"Those are two guys who we have to see. We'll see tomorrow [Saturday] how they're coming along. It seems like one day they feel pretty good and the next day we're not sure. If we can get them back, that'd be great."

Ivory, who along with T.J. Yeldon has been one of the team's primary running backs this season, missed the past two games with a hamstring injury sustained in a November 27 loss at Buffalo. Ivory practiced limited Wednesday and Thursday but was listed as full Friday.

"I'm taking it slow right now," Ivory said Friday. "I got some work this week and I've been pretty comfortable for the most part. I know once I see more bodies moving and live action I'll be fine."

Wide receiver Allen Hurns on Friday was ruled out for a third consecutive game with a hamstring injury sustained in Buffalo and running back Denard Robinson was ruled out for a second consecutive game with a high-ankle sprain. The Jaguars have Yeldon, Corey Grant and Bronson Hill as healthy running backs entering the weekend.

Marqise Lee likely will start a third consecutive game for Hurns opposite Allen Robinson.

Also on Friday, offensive guard Chris Reed was ruled out with a toe injury. Bradley said second-year veteran Jeremiah Poutasi got most of the practice repetitions this week in Reed's place.

"He's a big, strong physical player," Bradley said of Poutasi. "He's had a good week so we'll keep evaluating that and see on Sunday."

Bradley said third-year veteran Luke Bowanko also is a possibility at Reed's left-guard position. Bowanko spent the first 11 games of the season on the physically unable to perform list with a hip issue.

"He's in the mix as well," Bradley said of Bowanko.

Bradley said he expected Hurns to be able to return at some point this season.

"That one's hard to see,'' Bradley said. "It might be next week. We have our fingers crossed."

Quarterback Blake Bortles (right shoulder) was removed from the injury report on Friday after working full all week, with defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (shoulder), defensive tackle Abry Jones (knee), middle linebacker Paul Posluszny (neck/shoulder), safety Peyton Thompson (ankle), left tackle Kelvin Beachum (knee), safety Johnathan Cyprien (shoulder), linebacker Myles Jack (illness), tight end Ben Koyack (knee) and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (ankle) also were removed from the injury report Friday.

Wide receiver Shane Wynn was added to the injury report Friday as questionable with a hamstring injury.

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