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The Day After I: Bortles feels "OK"


JACKSONVILLE – The time frame is far from ideal.

But while Blake Bortles said six days between games this week would be preferable to three, he also said he plans to play Thursday.

Bortles, the Jaguars' rookie quarterback, sustained a mid-foot sprain in a loss to the Baltimore Ravens Sunday. He wore a protective walking boot Sunday after the game and also wore it Monday.

The team announced Monday Bortles likely will be listed as questionable this week. Head Coach Gus Bradley said the Jaguars want to see how quickly Bortles recovers before their game against Tennessee at EverBank Field Thursday at 8:25 p.m.

"That would be a conversation," Bradley said. "It's based on how he progresses."

Bortles on Monday said the foot feels "OK."

"I've been in all morning doing rehab and doing all kinds of stuff trying to get back and ready as quick as possible," Bortles said a day after the Jaguars' 20-12 loss to the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. "A couple of more days and hopefully it will be fine."

The Jaguars will hold a walkthrough practice Monday evening, and won't have a full-contact practice in preparation for the Titans game. They began preparation for Tennessee in meetings on Monday, something that wouldn't begin until Wednesday on a "normal week."

"It's definitely more challenging than being a Sunday game, but it's part of it," Bortles said. "It's the hand we're dealt. You have to take advantage of everything you possibly can, get as much rehab and therapy and all that stuff and try to get better."

Bortles' injury was a primary issue as Bradley and players met with the media Monday. The No. 3 overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, Bortles was sacked eight times by the Ravens. Bortles said the injury occurred on a fourth-quarter sack on which he tried to run outside the pocket.

Bortles said it matters to him to start the final two games of the season.

"It definitely does," Bortles said. "Brett Favre's record of (297) consecutive games started (as an NFL quarterback) I think is one of the most important records. Showing you can be there week in and week out is something that means a lot."

Backup Chad Henne, the starter in the first three games of the season, would start if Bortles can't play.

"They haven't told me anything," Henne said. "I expect Blake to play, but I'm still going to be ready."

Bortles this season has completed 253 of 416 passes for 2,676 yards and 10 touchdowns with 17 interceptions while being sacked 46 times. Henne completed 42 of 78 passes for 492 yards and three touchdowns with one interception while being sacked 16 times.

Also around the Jaguars:

*Defensive end Andre Branch is considered doubtful for Thursday, but the team remains hopeful he can play against the Houston Texans December 28 in the regular-season finale. Branch has missed the last two games with a groin injury and missed four games with the injury before that. …

*Defensive tackle Roy Miller sustained a left knee sprain Sunday and would not practice Monday if the Jaguars were practicing full. …

*Defensive end Ryan Davis also would not practice Monday if the team were working full. He sustained a hip pointer injury Sunday. …

*Safety Josh Evans sustained a strained left foot Sunday and would not practice Monday if the team were working full. …

*Wide receiver Tommy Streeter (oblique) also would not practice Monday if the workout was full. …

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