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Jaguars Friday: Robinson questionable


JACKSONVILLE – Friday's Jaguars news was mostly positive.

Head Coach Urban Meyer on Friday said quarterback Trevor Lawrence and linebacker Myles Jack will play Sunday – and he said he felt good about running back James Robinson's chance to play.

Robinson, the Jaguars' leading rusher, missed a victory over the Buffalo Bills this past Sunday with a heel injury. He practiced limited Thursday after missing practice Wednesday, and finished the preparation portion of the week by participating limited in Friday's walkthrough practice.

Meyer said Robinson will be listed as questionable on the team's final injury report of the week.

"Today's an important day," Meyer said as the Jaguars (2-6) prepared to play the Indianapolis Colts (4-5) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., Sunday at 1 p.m.

Jaguars athletic trainers tested Robinson before the Bills game Sunday before determining he couldn't play. Meyer said the hope is to have that not be the scenario Sunday.

"I hope today's a good day," he said of Robinson, who Meyer said participated in 12 plays Thursday.

Robinson, who rushed for 1,040 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie, has rushed for 482 yards and five touchdowns on 88 carries this season. Backup running back Carlos Hyde has rushed for 207 yards on 54 carries this season, including 67 on 21 carries against Buffalo.


"We're going to mix in Carlos, for sure," Meyer said.

Meyer said three other starters who spent this week on the injury report – Lawrence, Jack (knee) and left tackle Cam Robinson (knee) – are expected to play Sunday.

"They're good to go," Meyer said.

Lawrence, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, left the Bills game with an ankle injury late in the second quarter but returned to finish the same drive. He practiced limited Wednesday and Thursday and was full Friday.

"He's good – ready to roll," Meyer said.

Jack and Robinson also worked full on Friday and were removed from the injury report. Cornerback Chris Claybrooks (concussion) and defensive lineman Adam Gotsis (rest day Wednesday) are also expected to be available Sunday.


Meyer on potentially winning a second consecutive game, which the Jaguars haven't done since 2019: "I just think it's momentum. What it would mean for Jacksonville, what would it mean for our stadium the following week and most importantly what it would mean for a locker room that three fourths of those guys were part of a 20-game losing streak … it would be incredible. We don't talk much about that. It's more the respect we have for our opponent. The best version of us is pretty good. The bad version of us is really bad."


Meyer on if he liked what he had seen from players this week: "I loved it – good energy."


The Jaguars Foundation on Friday announced its 2021 Community Leader Awards, honoring defensive end Dawuane Smoot and guard Andrew Norwell. Smoot, a fifth-year veteran is active in the community with Feeding Northeast Florida, Jacksonville Police Athletic League and local STEM education. He and his wife also made a significant contribution to the Jacksonville Arts and Music School. The Norwell Foundation's mission is to block hunger and ensure kids have healthy food throughout Florida, Ohio and North Carolina. He annually hosts Turkey Time with the O-Line, providing hundreds of meals for children and their families across Jacksonville. He also volunteered and served meals at USO Jacksonville.


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