Monday, September 9, 2013
Jaguars news and notes
By Michael DiRocco
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Blaine Gabbert news was obviously the most important, but here are some additional tidbits from Gus Bradley’s news conference on Monday.
- Starting left guard Will Rackley suffered a lateral sprain to his left knee but Bradley said he may be able to practice on Wednesday. It’s the same knee that Rackley injured in the preseason. "We’ll re-evaluate it as it goes the next two days," Bradley said.
- Bradley said it’s too early to determine if tight end Marcedes Lewis (calf) will be able to play against Oakland on Sunday. "We’ll see how he does the next few days," Bradley said. "We may have a chance to get him back."
- The Jaguars have received permission from the NFL to bring suspended receiver Justin Blackmon to California with them next week. Blackmon is suspended for the first four games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy but a new league rule allows him to attend meetings but not practice. The Jaguars play at Oakland on Sunday and at Seattle on Sept. 22 and are staying in California between the games. They asked the NFL to allow Blackmon to travel to the West Coast and be with the team. He will fly to California on Sunday night or Monday morning and return to Jacksonville when the Jaguars depart for Seattle.
- Justin Forsett has played in 76 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak by a running back in the NFL. Forsett missed all of the preseason with a toe injury but was healthy enough to play in the season opener against Kansas City. "I’m trying to catch Brett Favre," joked Forsett, who caught a team-high four passes for 22 yards and ran once for 7 yards against the Chiefs. It’s not exactly the same streak, though, because Favre set the NFL record for consecutive starts at 297 games.
- Bradley wants his players to celebrate more -- not that they had many reasons to last Sunday. "I would love to see our guys have more excitement on the field and more enthusiasm," Bradley said. "When a big play is made, a critical play, I would like to see them share that celebration with their teammates. Something simple as going up there and patting them on the head or whatever the case is to show that emotion. But I think right now our guys are more, ‘I’m going to do my job, take care of my responsibility, and if I do that right that’s good.'"