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Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Jaguars could be missing Nelson again

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
Nelson

If the Jaguars are going to slow down Jay Cutler and the Broncos' high-powered offense Sunday, they sure could use safety Reggie Nelson back in the lineup.

Nelson's been out with a bruised knee for two games -- that's a broad description that can cover a lot of injuries and doesn't help us formulate much of a timetable. Without him or cornerback Drayton Florence (groin), Jacksonville had to dip too deep into its reserves against Pittsburgh and William James was victimized by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

"We hope to be able to get at least one of the guys back," coach Jack Del Rio said Monday. "It looks like Drayton will have a better chance to get back than Reggie at this point. We'll just see. I don't need to declare yet, don't want to declare yet but we're going to take a look at that. Reggie is a little further behind than Drayton is at this point. Coming out of the weekend, we feel a little bit better about getting Drayton back."

The Jaguars have some versatile players such as Brian Williams, but few teams are deep enough to play well minus a starting safety and corner. That's especially the case for the Jaguars because of their inconsistent pass rush.