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Open locker room: 'Important to play'


JACKSONVILLE – Every game matters.

Allen Hurns said that's only way he knows to approach the NFL.

So, the third-year wide receiver said it's no surprise that at least three Jaguars players are trying to work through injuries to play in the regular-season finale Sunday – even with no postseason appearance at stake.

"It's important to play every game," Hurns said Tuesday as the Jaguars (3-12) began preparing to play the Indianapolis Colts (7-8) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, Sunday at 1 p.m.

"My goal coming into this year was to play every game, so I treat every game important – just being accountable to my teammates and this organization."

Hurns, who missed just one game in his first two NFL seasons, has missed the last four games with a hamstring injury sustained while scoring a fourth-quarter touchdown in a loss at Buffalo. Rather than being placed on injured reserve, Hurns has remained on the active roster.

That gives him a chance to play in the regular-season finale Sunday.

Two Jaguars running backs face a similar situation. Chris Ivory left Saturday's victory over Tennessee with a hamstring injury, and then returned before leaving later in the game. He remains on the active roster at a position that has thinned in numbers in recent weeks.

Third-team running back Denard Robinson, who has missed the last three games with a high-ankle sprain, remains on the active roster and said Tuesday he hopes to play Sunday. With T.J. Yeldon being placed on injured reserve Monday with an ankle injury, the Jaguars have four healthy running backs: Corey Grant, Bronson Hill, Daryl Richardson (claimed off waivers Monday) and Joe Banyard (signed as a free agent Tuesday).

"It's been tough," Robinson said. "I hate just watching. You want to be out there with the team. It's tough, but it's football. You keep going and you bounce back. … If you get an opportunity, you have to go play.

"We're brothers. That's the biggest thing – just going out there with your brothers again and being with them and having fun … the love of the game."

Hurns said the fact that he, Ivory and Robinson all will try to play Sunday "says a lot about the guys we have in this locker room."

"Throughout the course of the year, no matter what happens at any given moment, I know every one of these guys in this locker room want to be out on the field competing," Hurns said. "It's bigger than you making all the catches or anything like that. I just want to be out there with those guys.

"You can't just chalk up the games. That says a lot about you as a person. I tell everyone, 'You are what you put on tape. You can't just chalk up the last two games because every other organization is going to see that when they watch the film.' You can't be that guy."


"It's closure for us. We want to end it on a good note. All year we always talked about how much we were capable of, which I still believe. I'm never going to lose faith in how capable we are of getting the job done. We have to come back here next year and do what we need to do."

--Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee on Sunday's regular-season finale

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