AFC South: Jimmy Kennedy

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

The Jaguars made a couple roster moves Monday, letting go of veteran offensive lineman Milford Brown and defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy.

The moves open up room for some roster additions expected in the next few days.

The Jaguars face a deadline Tuesday for deciding what to do with tight end George Wrighster and defensive lineman Jeremy Mincey. They have been on the physically unable to perform list, have practiced for three weeks and need to be activated or shelved for the remainder of the season.

Jacksonville could also need to sign a second punter as Adam Podlesh injured his right knee against Minnesota.

"He's got a little bit of a knee and we've got to decide whether we're going to need somebody else to kick this week or whether he'll be available," Jack Del Rio said. "So that's probably the biggest concern coming out of the game. [Linebacker/ special teamer] Brian (Iwuh) took that shot; he's going to be OK. He'll have no contact. He'll have to pass an exam later in the week to make sure that all the numbers come back in line so that he'll be cleared. At this point, he'd be out with no contact. So, those are the two guys who had injuries from the game."

Brown was signed after the Jaguars lost Vince Manuwai and Maurice Williams for the season as a result of injuries in the opener. He played in six games, starting four. Kennedy, who joined the team as a free agent from Chicago during the offseason, also played in six games.

AFC South injury updates

November, 7, 2008

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

A look at injuries that could impact Sunday's games.

Defensive tackle Amobi Okoye (ankle) is doubtful. DelJuan Robinson would start in his place, with Frank Okam active to help out.

Reserve linebacker Chaun Thompson (hamstring) will also be a game-time decision.

For Baltimore, cornerback Chris McAlister (knee) is out for his third straight game but corner Samari Rolle (neck) is questionable and could play for the first time since Week Three.

Right tackle Ryan Diem (ankle) was a full participant in Friday's practice and is probable.

Cornerback Kelvin Hayden (hamstring) and defensive tackle Daniel Muir (hamstring) did not practice and are questionable.

Tight end Tom Santi (shoulder) and backup quarterback Jim Sorgi (new on the injury report, right hand) are probable.

For Pittsburgh, running back Willie Parker (shoulder) won't play, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, with Mewelde Moore filling in. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) was a full participant and is probable.

Defensive tackle John Henderson (knee) is out and either Jimmy Kennedy or Derek Landri will start in his place.

Middle linebacker Mike Peterson could start, but after a week of conflict with Jack Del Rio he might be suspended or could dress as a reserve. If he does not start, Daryl Smith will slide to the middle and Clint Ingram will start in Smith's regular outside spot.

For Detroit, quarterback Dan Orlovsky (hand) is out with Daunte Culpepper set to start. Fullback Jerome Felton (ankle), center Dominic Raiola (hand), string safety Dwight Smith (foot) and tight end Casey Fitzsimmons (ribs) are out.

Linebacker Keith Bulluck (chest) and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (groin) are both questionable and will be game-time decisions. Neither of them practiced all week. The guess here is Bulluck plays and KVB does not.

If Bulluck is out, Stephen Tulloch shifts outside and Ryan Fowler takes over in the middle. Dave Ball would start for Vanden Bosch.

For Chicago, quarterback Kyle Orton (ankle) is not expected to play, with Rex Grossman taking over. Cornerback Charles Tillman (shoulder) is questionable.

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

JACKSONVILLE - A scheduled scrimmage got scaled back to more of a thudding practice with a couple live series at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium tonight, where over 12,000 risked rain but stayed dry to monitor the Jaguars' progress.

Some impressions from your loyal AFC South examiner off this practice and two days with the team:

  • Quarterback David Garrard looks poised and confident, providing plenty of signs he'll be able to build on last year. In the two periods the team tracked as live, he was four-for-five for 49 yards and a TD. But like many teams, the Jaguars will have issues if their lead guy goes down. Jack Del Rio acknowledged Cleo Lemon's shaky start in OTAs. Earlier today the coach said the reserve has gotten better. But there is a major drop off with Lemon or Todd Bouman.
  • Receiver Matt Jones caught a 19-yard touchdown pass with Drayton Florence close but unable to close as the ball was snatched at the front left of the end zone. I can see how Jones is maddening for coaches and fans here. He can look brilliant on one play, uninterested on the next. I'm with Del Rio on the body language issue, and it hasn't gone away. Still, Jones had a healthy first week of practice and that's encouraging to the team which simply wants him to be on the field daily, working.
  • Defensive back Brian Williams can give the Jaguars some super-versatility in the secondary. Last year's right cornerback is working as a base defense strong safety and a nickel inside corner. If Florence pans out as the new right corner, that's quite a four-pack in coverage. If Derrick Harvey doesn't surface and the front four can't rush effectively on its own, the Jaguars may feel plenty comfortable sending some of their top-flight linebackers into the pass pressure. Still in the mix: Gerald Sensabaugh, who would be at strong safety if the coaches decide to stick with Williams outside on first and second downs and bring Florence in as the nickel. I'll look at this more closely soon.
  • The interior pass rush is hardly a given, but in the one-on-one pass rush drills tonight I saw both Rob Meier and Tony McDaniel gain good ground and close the pocket working against guard Maurice Williams, who didn't have a great period. Another tackle in the mix, Jimmy Kennedy, split a pair of snaps with guard Chris Liwienski, at least in this judge's eyes. In a team period on the outside, Paul Spicer recorded what qualified as a sack of Garrard on a fourth down.
  • Kicker Josh Scobee injured a hamstring in the opener last year and missed eight games. He killed the ball tonight, connecting on all eight of his field goal attempts, including a 57-yarder that cleared the bar by plenty at the end of a second-team 2:00-drill drive.