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Friday update: Posluszny to play


JACKSONVILLE – Paul Posluszny is ready.

For that matter, Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone said that's true of the entire team.

Posluszny, the Jaguars' starting middle linebacker who left last Sunday's Wild Card victory over the Buffalo Bills with an abdomen injury, was removed from the Jaguars' status report Friday. That means he is expected to play in the Divisional Playoff against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday.

"I just thought, 'There's no way he's not going to get himself ready to play,''' Marrone said of Posluszny Friday as the AFC South Champion Jaguars (11-6) prepared to play the AFC North Champion Steelers (13-3) at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

Posluszny, a 10-year NFL veteran playing in the playoffs for the first time, left the Buffalo game shortly before halftime. He missed practice Wednesday, but returned on a limited basis Thursday and practiced Friday.

"In my mind, I was never thinking we might not have him," Marrone said. "I was thinking, 'Golly, who's the guy who's going to actually have to shoot him to keep him off?'''

The Jaguars listed two players as questionable on the Friday injury report: wide receiver Jaydon Mickens (hamstring) and linebacker Blair Brown (ankle), the latter of whom sustained the injury in practice Wednesday. Brown missed practice Thursday and – like Mickens – was listed as working limited Friday.

Mickens has been the Jaguars' top punt returner during the second half of the season. Rookie Dede Westbrook handled the role in his absence against the Bills, and Marrone said rookie wide receiver Keelan Cole and veteran wide receiver Marqise Lee also can return punts.

"We don't have any issues from that standpoint," he said.

The following players were listed as working full Friday and were listed without statuses, meaning they are expected to be healthy enough to play Sunday:

Quarterback Blake Bortles (right wrist), cornerback Aaron Colvin (illness), fullback Tommy Bohanon (knee), linebacker Telvin Smith (ankle), linebacker Donald Payne (quadriceps), tight end Marcedes Lewis (ankle), defensive tackle Abry Jones (ankle), cornerback Jalen Ramsey (Achilles) and Posluszny.

"Winning tends to do that," Marrone said of the relatively healthy status of the roster. "But a lot of credit to the trainers, the weight coaches and the players making sure they're taking care of their bodies."

Marrone was asked if he was pleased with the team's preparation this week.

"If you're not pleased going into a playoff week you've got some serious issues," Marrone said. "There's focus. There's energy. But I'm sure there are seven other teams that are doing the same thing. I really believe that."

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