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Jaguars Hold Two More Practices

The Jaguars went through two practices today, four days before their preseason opener.

“In two-a-days, you have plenty of time,” said Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin. “All your run-oriented drills are in the morning and your pass-oriented drills are in the afternoon. All of a sudden you start preseason games and then you go to one practice a day and it seems like there’s no time for anything.”

Coughlin said that three players will not play in Friday’s preseason opener at Atlanta: S Donovin Darius (shoulder), DE Tony Brackens (knee) and LB T.J. Slaughter (shoulder). All three players are still rehabbing offseason surgeries. In addition, DE Stalin Colinet, who suffered a knee injury on July 28, will miss the game, and rookie OT Mike Pearson, who is practicing again after suffering a sprained ankle, is questionable.

Jaguars WR Micah Ross underwent an arthroscopy on his right knee today. The procedure was performed by Dr. Carlos Tandron at the Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute-Baptist Medical Center. Ross suffered a knee injury in practice last Wednesday.

Coughlin added that former Jaguars special teams coordinator Frank Gansz addressed the team last night. “Gansz was on top of his game,” Coughlin said. “He had it all going. He had some new stories for them. He knows military history (Gansz is a former Air Force pilot). Last night, one of his great stories was Guadalcanal and “espirit de corps.” It was a great topic - validating your training, building your confidence as a team, don’t let the other guys down - all those really outstanding football themes he brought to the front. It was kind of fun to have him here.”

On Tuesday, the Jaguars will practice only once, at 3:20 p.m. at their practice fields adjacent to ALLTEL Stadium. Practice will be on Fields 1 and 2, closest to the viewing stands on the east side of the fields. Players are available from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Radisson, and Tom Coughlin will hold his news conference following the afternoon practice.

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