JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Justin Forsett is not in danger of making the Jaguars’ 53-man roster, but that doesn’t ease his frustration with his injury.
The player signed to be Maurice Jones-Drew’s top backup suffered a sprained toe on his right foot on Aug. 1 in the first live practice period of training camp and hasn’t practiced or played since. The fact that he has missed all that time because of a toe injury -- and not a shoulder or knee -- is really bothersome.
"The toe, man, you think it’s so small, but it does a lot," Forsett said. "It’s one of those things that if you don’t take care of it from the beginning then it’s something that’ll linger on throughout the season and we didn’t want that. So we’re just trying to make sure I’m 100 percent or getting close to it for week one."
Forsett, who has rushed for 1,661 yards and eight touchdowns and caught 100 passes for 768 yards and one touchdown in his five-year career, was running on the side and working on change of direction on Monday. He said pain is not a factor during normal activity but he does feel some discomfort when he’s running and cutting.
Even though he hasn’t done much in August, Forsett’s spot on the roster is secure, coach Gus Bradley said.
"He’s a guy that we know what he brings and know what he’s all about," Bradley said. "It will be good to get him back, though. He’s an excellent change of pace-type back, very good on third downs for us and blocking the protection so he adds a strong value to our team."
Forsett’s absence has been good for Jordan Todman, who spent the majority of the 2012 season on Minnesota’s practice squad. He is the Jaguars’ leading rusher in the preseason, gaining 163 yards on 20 carries, including a 63-yard touchdown run against Philadelphia on Saturday night.
Todman appears to have done enough to make the roster, even when Forsett returns, because of his work on special teams. He’s not letting himself think that way, though. He’s treating Thursday’s preseason finale against Atlanta as do or die.
"You never get content," Todman said. "I always go out there and participate the best I can, go extremely hard and leave all on the field. Nothings’ guaranteed. Just treat it like every other game. It’s the last one, so you don’t’ have a lot of opportunities to prove what you can so in the last game leave it all on the field."
Forsett just wants to get on the field. He’s anticipating that he’ll be cleared in time for the Sept. 8 season opener against Kansas City.
"It’s just a nagging thing right now," Forsett said. “I don’t know if the pain is going to be completely gone by next week but I can go out there and play right now if needed to."