Jags offensive line issues grow
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE -- The Jaguars prayed for Richard Collier before the game. The backup tackle, in critical condition in a Jacksonville hospital after he was shot Tuesday, remained very much in their thoughts after a 17-10 loss to the Titans as well.
"I think the team did a good job of dealing with the situation, a tough situation," Coach Jack Del Rio said. "You are talking about a family member of our football team in a tough spot fighting through some injuries. I can assure you, in no way is this team looking for any type of alibis. We give the Tennessee Titans credit."
Said right tackle Tony Pashos: "I think Richard is weighing heavily on our hearts and he's in the back of our minds constantly. He's one of our brothers in this and a family member. But we won't say we didn't win today because of that. If anything, we wanted to win for him."
The Jaguars had to use every offensive lineman at their disposal, after right guard Maurice Williams suffered a biceps muscle injury and couldn't play effectively. Uche Nwaneri replaced him at and suffered a sprained knee that forced him out of action. Tutan Reyes replaced him. Then when left guard Vincent Manuwai went down with a knee sprain, Nwaneri returned to play left guard.
The injuries to Williams and Manuwai could be serious, and the Jaguars are likely to be in the market for offensive line help tomorrow. They have an interior lineman, Drew Miller, on their practice squad.
Tennessee's defensive line was dominant, sacking David Garrard seven times and limiting the Jaguars to 33 rushing yards.
Jacksonville can't be the team it was last season without solid and steady offensive line play. That will be tough to get out of a patchwork group.