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Returns set for Meester, Williams


The good news Jack Del Rio received earlier on Friday highlighted a day that concluded with a brief intrasquad scrimmage in front of 12,109 fans at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.

Center Brad Meester and wide receiver Reggie Williams each came through surgery with optimistic prognoses for their recoveries. Meester is expected to recover from his biceps surgery and return to action no later than the seventh game of the season, while Williams should be back on the field in time for the regular season opener, following arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday.

"Week four or week five, certainly for the bye week," Del Rio said in providing a timetable for Meester's return. The Jaguars' bye week follows the team's sixth game of the season. Meester's recovery time is expected to be 8-10 weeks.

"Reggie will be out 2-3 weeks," Del Rio said of Williams, who underwent surgery to repair torn cartilage.

The bad news on Friday was a knee injury undrafted rookie fullback Anthony Cotrone sustained late in the practice/scrimmage. Fears were that the injury is significant.

Quarterback David Garrard completed four of five passes for 49 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Matt Jones in Garrard's lone series in the scrimmage session that concluded practice.

Other highlights of the scrimmage portion of practice included a short pass from Todd Bouman to fullback Montell Owens that Owens converted into a 19-yard touchdown play, a 10-yard touchdown pass from Cleo Lemon to wide receiver Ryan Hoag, and a 20-yard touchdown run by rookie running back Chauncey Washington.

"We cut back on the live work. Right at the end we suffered a little bit of an injury with Cotrone. That was the only negative," Del Rio said. "The quarterbacks did a nice job for us."

Kicker Josh Scobee excited the crowd with a 57-yard field goal during the practice, and Del Rio reported that Scobee had kicked the equivalent of two game-winning field goals during the controlled portion of the practice.

The Jaguars will conduct a "mock game" practice on Saturday morning. It is closed to the public. The team will take Sunday off and then return to the practice field on Monday morning.

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