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Friday update: Ivory, Linder questionable


JACKSONVILLE – The list remains long, but the Jaguars did get positive injury news Friday.

While five Jaguars players on Friday morning were ruled out for Sunday's game against Minnesota, running back Chris Ivory was not among those players.

That gives the Jaguars a chance to be relatively close to full strength at the position.

Ivory, who missed last Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos with a hamstring injury, was listed as questionable on the Jaguars' final injury report of the week Friday. Running back Denard Robinson was ruled out with a high-ankle sprain and running back T.J. Yeldon was removed from the injury report after working full all week with an ankle issue.

Yeldon played through the issue the last two games and is expected to play Sunday.

"I thought he moved around pretty good," Bradley said of Yeldon's week of practice as the Jaguars (2-10) prepared to play the Minnesota Vikings (6-6) at EverBank Field Sunday at 1 p.m.

"One of the things when you play him [with an injury], you worry about a setback. With him, it hasn't been [a setback]. He's gotten better every week even though he has played, so his percentage is getting closer. I'm not saying it's 100 or 90, but he's getting closer to that."

Bradley said Ivory likely will be a game-time decision Sunday. He worked on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday. Yeldon and Ivory have rushed for 723 of the 852 yards rushing by Jaguars running backs this season. Robinson has 127 yards rushing and Corey Grant has two yards rushing.

"We've been able to challenge him and see where he's at in some short-area drills – just to see how it's coming along," Bradley said of Ivory. "His progress his good and every day is valuable to him."

Tight end Julius Thomas (back) on Friday was ruled out for a third consecutive game, and defensive end Jared Odrick (shoulder) will miss a third consecutive game. Wide receiver Allen Hurns was ruled out for a second consecutive game with a hamstring injury and safety Peyton Thompson will miss with an ankle injury after playing through the issue last week.

Marqise Lee likely will start opposite Allen Robinson for a second consecutive week in place of Hurns and Ben Koyack and Sterling will be the two primary tight ends along with Alex Ellis. Josh Johnson will be the fourth safety with Thompson out. Tyson Alualu will start for Odrick at strong-side defensive end.

Ivory was among three players listed as questionable with the others being Otto linebacker Dan Skuta (elbow) and center Brandon Linder (ankle). Linder left Sunday's loss to Denver with the issue, but returned shortly thereafter and finished the game.

Bradley said Skuta and Linder likely will be game-time decisions, and while Linder did not practice this week, Bradley said he expects the third-year veteran would be ready if he is able to play.

"I don't want to diminish the fact that practice is important, but with him – the way he's getting mental reps – right now as much time as he can get in the training room I think is what's important," Bradley said.

Tyler Shatley likely will start at center if Linder is unavailable.

Quarterback Blake Bortles (right shoulder) was among six Jaguars players removed from the injury report Friday after practicing through injuries this week. The others: Leo defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (shoulder), Leo defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (ankle), tight end Neal Sterling (hip), Yeldon and offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (knee).

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