The Jaguars went through two practices today, four days before their preseason opener.
â€œIn two-a-days, you have plenty of time,â€ said Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin. â€œAll 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 thereâ€™s no time for anything.â€
Coughlin said that three players will not play in Fridayâ€™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. â€œGansz was on top of his game,â€ Coughlin said. â€œHe 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 â€œespirit de corps.â€ It was a great topic - validating your training, building your confidence as a team, donâ€™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.â€
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.