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Friday update: Smith out, Parnell questionable


JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars' offensive line got good news Friday.

And for the first time this season, the news leading to the weekend wasn't good for the Jaguars' defense.

Right tackle Jermey Parnell and left guard Patrick Omameh, a pair of starting offensive linemen were listed as questionable on the team's final injury report of the week Friday – with a chance to play against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday. But weak-side linebacker Telvin Smith has been ruled out with a concussion.

Parnell has missed the last three games with a knee injury, and Omameh has missed the last two games with a quadriceps issue. Both practiced limited this week.

"He [Parnell] has practiced, and we got Pat out there," Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone said Friday as the Jaguars (7-4) prepared to play the Colts (3-8) at EverBank Field Sunday at 1 p.m. "We've still got a day and a half to keep them going, so we'll see where he [Parnell] is at."

Marrone was asked specifically about the chances of Parnell playing. The Jaguars lead the league in rushing, but Jaguars backs rushed for 29 yards in a loss to the Cardinals this past Sunday and 49 offensively in a victory over the Los Angeles Chargers three weeks ago.

"You can't ever put yourself in someone's shoes when it comes down to pain," Marrone said. "As coaches, it's hard. If you played before you're like, 'Well, shoot … I played with this or I played with that.' I never try to get in the mind of someone else and how they deal with the pain. He has worked hard trying to get back, so from a coaching standpoint we appreciated that. He's doing everything he has to do."

Smith's absence means a Jaguars defensive starter will miss a start for the first time this season. Rookie Blair Brown likely will start in his place at weak-side linebacker in the Jaguars' base defense with middle linebacker Paul Posluszny and strong-side backer Myles Jack playing in the nickel defense.

In addition to Smith, wide receiver Allen Hurns (ankle) and offensive tackle Josh Wells (concussion) were ruled out Sunday. Hurns has missed the last two games and Wells started at right tackle for Omameh the last two games.

In addition to Parnell and Omameh, linebacker Lerentee McCray was listed as questionable.

Quarterback Blake Bortles (right wrist), running back Leonard Fournette (ankle), wide receiver Marqise Lee (knee/foot), cornerback Jalen Ramsey (ankle), safety Tashaun Gipson(knee), linebacker Donald Payne (hamstring) all were listed on the injury report without statuses and are therefore expected to play.

Fournette worked full in practice throughout the week for first time since the week leading to the Chargers game.

"I haven't spoken to him about his ankle, but he – as everyone – has had a good week of practice this week," Marrone said. "He has to get out there and perform on Sunday, but he has had a good week."

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