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Kicking Off Week 17: Glennon to remain starter

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mike Glennon (2) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. Bears won 41-17. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars won't change quarterbacks in Week 17.

Veteran Mike Glennon, the Jaguars' starting quarterback in four of the last five games of a season that has featured week upon week of change at the position, will start against the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday's 2020 regular-season finale.

Head Coach Doug Marrone announced the starter Wednesday.

"We're just going to keep it the same with Mike, and Gardner [Minshew] II will be ready," Marrone said as the Jaguars (1-14) began preparing to play the Colts (10-5) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., Sunday at 4:25 p.m.

Glennon, who started Games 11-13 after rookie Jake Luton started three games in place of Minshew, replaced Minshew this past week in a 41-10 loss to the Chicago Bears. Glennon completed 24 of 37 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns against Chicago and his two interceptions led to 10 points.

Minshew, who started Games 1-7, started a Game 14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. He completed 22 of 29 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns in that game but had 53 yards passing at halftime with the Jaguars trailing 26-0.

"I just feel like it gives us a good chance and we can operate – and see where it goes, honestly," Marrone said of starting Glennon. "I don't think any one decision on the quarterback or any other position is really going to move the needle one way or the other.

"If it did, then obviously we would make it. But we don't feel that way. Let's go in there and let's try to take advantage of some things."

The Jaguars have lost a franchise-record 14 consecutive games since a Week 1 victory over the Colts at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. They secured the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft this past week by losing to the Bears on the same day the New York Jets (2-13) beat the Cleveland Browns.

The Colts need to win Sunday and have one of four teams – Cleveland, Tennessee, Baltimore or Miami – lose to make the postseason.

"We know we're going up to Indianapolis and they've got a ton to play for," Marrone said. "I feel like we as a team … even though people on the outside are looking at it maybe like, 'Ugh the season's over…' we're not approaching it that way. We're approaching it as it's a big game."

Marrone also said the Jaguars don't plan to play young players or backups Sunday for the sake of getting those players experience – and that the plan is to play available starters and front-line players.

"We're going to do everything we can to make sure that the players who are out there give us the best chance to win – from the first snap to the last snap," Marrone said.


Rookie running back James Robinson likely will miss Sunday's game with an ankle injury, Marrone said. Robinson, an undrafted free agent, started the first 14 games and rushed for 1,070 yards and seven touchdowns before sustaining the injury against the Ravens. If he misses the game, he will fall 34 yards short of the record for rushing yards by an undrafted rookie set by Dominic Rhodes of the Colts in 2001. "I was holding out hope – I really was – but it doesn't look like he's going to be up for our game," Marrone said. "I think it's safe to say he will be out. I could never, ever say enough about that guy – how hard he's tried. He wants to come back. He wants to play." Marrone said rookie wide receiver Collin Johnson will miss a second consecutive game with a hamstring injury and wide receiver DJ Chark Jr.'s status for Sunday is uncertain.

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