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Friday update: Jones to play, Fatukasi out

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts

September 18th, 2022
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts September 18th, 2022

JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars should be at full strength offensively Sunday.

That's not the case on the defensive front.

Wide receiver Zay Jones is expected to play against the Houston Texans Sunday, Jaguars Head Coach Doug Pederson said Friday. Defensive end Foley Fatukasi officially was ruled out on the final injury report of the week with a quad injury.

"Zay's fine," Pederson said Friday as the Jaguars (2-2) prepared to play the Texans (0-3-1) at TIAA Bank Field Sunday at 1 p.m.

Jones, who practiced limited this week with after missing a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles this past Sunday with an ankle injury, led the Jaguars with 10 receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown in a Week 3 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. He officially is listed as questionable on the injury report.

Jones, who signed with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent from the Las Vegas Raiders this past offseason, has 19 receptions for 173 yards and a touchdown in three games this season.

"There's a level of toughness and physicality with him," Pederson said. "You miss a little of the speed factor, the burst down the field [when Jones is out]. He's that type of receiver."

Pederson said he expects wide receiver/returner Jamal Agnew to continue to have a role offensively. Agnew, normally the Jaguars' fourth receiver, caught four passes for 50 yards and two touchdowns with Jones out against the Eagles.

"Seeing Ags last week, giving him more playing time offensively, just kind of solidifies what we already knew," Pederson said. "He went out and did it for us in that football game. That gives you four guys right there, and of course [wide receiver] Tim [Jones] works in so you have five guys constantly getting reps and snaps. You have to have that out of your receiver group."

The Jaguars enter Sunday's game tied for first in the AFC South with the Tennessee Titans. They led the unbeaten Eagles 14-0 in the second quarter last week before losing 29-21, a game in which Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence lost four fumbles and threw one interception.

"You definitely address it," Pederson said of the turnovers. "You don't want to make it the focal part of the week. You don't want to always dwell on the negative. That's what Mondays are for, for the good and the bad – to address it, to bring light to it. You correct it and move on.

"The rest of the week focused on game planning and preparing. Those Mondays can be some difficult conversations. There have to be some challenging conversations back and forth with players, especially the quarterback. We have confidence in him. It's not about confidence. It's, 'Hey, we understand we have to take care of the football and make sure we do things right.'

"We're trying to show and help through the tape study on a Monday, so when we get to Wednesday he has kind of put it behind him."


  • Pederson on bouncing back after a loss: "It tells you it's a resilient group and they can put behind the loss from the week before and focus on the next game. It's always about the week we're in. We never look past that current game. They do a great job after Mondays of putting [the last game] to rest and we're focused on the next game plan. That's what it takes. It's such a long season. You have to learn to adapt and move on."


  • Outside linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson (ankle) and guard Cole Van Lanen (hamstring) are also expected to play Sunday, Pederson said Friday. Chaisson and Van Lanen missed the Philadelphia game and practiced limited this week. They are listed as questionable on the injury report.

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