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Friday update: Lee to play, Hurns unlikely


JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars' wide receiver corps likely won't be at full strength Sunday.

The group instead will look pretty much as it has looked for the last month of the regular season, which is good news for Marqise Lee and disappointing for Allen Hurns.

Lee and Hurns both were listed as questionable on the team's final injury report of the 2016 regular season Friday, but Hurns said it's extremely unlikely he will be able to play through the hamstring injury that has kept him out of the last four games.

"It's very disappointing," Hurns said as the Jaguars (3-12) continued preparing to play the Indianapolis Colts (7-8) at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday at 1 p.m.

Lee, who has started in Hurns' absence, said he plans to play through a hip flexor injury.

Lee, a third-year veteran who missed nine games in his first two NFL seasons, has played all 15 games this season. He has a career-high 57 receptions for 765 yards and three touchdowns.

"I'll be fine," Lee said. "It's the last game. Regardless of the situation with my hip – if it hurts or not – I'm still going to be out there grinding. My whole thing is I told myself I'm going to play 16. That's what I'm going to do."

Interim head coach Doug Marrone on Friday said the Jaguars will wait until shortly before kickoff Sunday to make a final decision on Hurns.

"He's pushing to get back," Marrone said. "We'll go all the way up until game time before we really have to make a decision. We've kept him on the roster for a point – to try and get him back – and I think that's why we haven't put him to IR [injured reserve], so there's that chance. So as long as there's a chance, we're going to keep pushing it because he's someone that can help us win."

Hurns, who likely will finish the season with 35 receptions for 477 yards and three touchdowns, injured his hamstring while scoring a go-ahead touchdown in a loss at Buffalo November 27.  He had missed just one game in his first two NFL seasons.

"When I first hurt it, they told me it would like two-to-four weeks," Hurns said. "I had hopes of making it back. I heal pretty quickly, so I thought I'd be able to come back after the second week. It's been very unfortunate. Any given day I want to be out there with those guys competing with Marqise and [wide receiver] A-Rob [Allen Robinson].''

"For me to not finish the season, it's going to sit tough on me. I'm going to use it as motivation. I've been through a lot since I came into the league. It's nothing I can't overcome."

Also on Friday, Marrone said he has yet to meet with Jaguars Owner Shad Khan about the permanent head coaching position. He said he spoke with Shad and Tony Khan Monday, and also has spoken to General Manager David Caldwell as normal this week – but "not about the position."

"Both Shad and Tony were in the building, and they just were upstairs eating," Marrone said. "I happened to be walking upstairs to grab something to eat because I don't miss many meals and it was just basically like, 'Hey, how's it going? How's the team? What are we getting ready to do this week?' It wasn't anything beyond the future."

Marrone said his focus this week remains on Sunday's game rather than on a potential interview.

"I have not started to prepare myself or have a date," he said. "My focus right now is on the assistant coaches, what my role is as interim head coach, what do I have to do for them and then what I have to do for the players and making sure that everything is organized … in the game --- then after that, everything organized for that Monday to make sure things are fine.

"I think my mind will go to a different place once my responsibilities are done as the interim head coach. I think my mind goes back to what our assistant coaches are going through with this, what's in store for the future. I don't know."

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