AFC South: Josh Beekman

The Jacksonville Jaguars may get more of a test of their depth Sunday in Minnesota than they’d like.

Coach Mike Mularkey told Jacksonville reporters after Monday’s practice that starting cornerback Derek Cox (hamstring) doesn’t look likely to play and would be replaced by William Middleton.

And starting right guard Uche Nwaneri (sprained ankle) got a rest day and will go through full treatment tomorrow.

“We’re hoping to get him back Wednesday,” Mularkey said. “That’s kind of the plan as we speak. If that’s not the case we can work with (Mike) Brewster in there or (Josh) Beekman, either one. We are planning on Uche being back.”

The Jaguars also suffered a new injury, as Mularkey watched Brett Brackett go down right in front of him with a knee injury. Brackett, a tight end, was recently claimed off waivers from the Eagles.

“I was standing right behind him and it did not look like something simple,” Mularkey said. “It looked serious. They’re checking him out. They were checking him out at one o’clock today, but it did not look good standing behind him.”

If he’s lost the Jaguars would be shopping for a third tight end after Marcedes Lewis and Zach Potter.

Jacksonville Jaguars cut-down analysis

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Click here for the complete list of Jacksonville Jaguars' roster moves.

Most significant move: The team kept six wide receivers as it looks to make dramatic strides in the passing game with quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Laurent Robinson was the big free-agent acquisition and Justin Blackmon was the high draft pick. Brian Robiskie is a reclamation guy and Mike Thomas is a survivor who needs to regain form from early in his career. Cecil Shorts seemed to have stage fright a year ago when he got chances. Kevin Elliott is an undrafted rookie free agent who often shined and is deserving of a spot and some playing time. Only Thomas and Shorts are holdovers from a year ago.

Onward and upward: Several underdogs fill in some roster cracks, including three who caught my eye early in training camp -- Elliott, undrafted rookie linebacker Julian Stanford and running back Jalen Parmele. Parmele is one of four running backs the team kept with Maurice Jones-Drew holding out, along with Rashad Jennings, Montell Owens and Keith Toston. They’ve also got fullback Greg Jones. Other underdogs still standing are undrafted rookie safety Antwon Blake and defensive end George Selvie, who’s already spent time with three different teams, including the Jags once before.

What’s next: Guard Will Rackley was placed on injured reserve. He suffered a high ankle sprain early in camp and, according to AP’s Mark Long, reinjured the ankle. Eben Britton, who the team projected as the right tackle all offseason and at the start of the preseason, is now the left guard. Cameron Bradfield, undrafted a year ago, is now the right tackle and the backup left tackle. Middling veteran Guy Whimper is the backup right tackle, while undrafted rookie Mike Brewster and Josh Beekman, formerly of the Bears, are the interior backups. It sure looks like the team would benefit from adding someone with more of a resume.

A Sunday evening look around

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A quick look around the AFC South Sunday evening…

The Colts released eight players. Gone are guard Josh Beekman, tackle Casey Bender, receiver Joe Horn (no, not the old one), running back Devin Moore, defensive back Chip Vaughn and quarterback Mike Hartline. Linebacker Cody Glenn and defensive back Mike Newton were waived injured. If they are unclaimed, their rights revert back to Indianapolis.

The Jaguars got a pep talk from Maurice Jones-Drew, who didn’t play, after they fell behind 17-0 in Buffalo Saturday night. "I thought we were pressing a little bit too much,” he told Tania Ganguli. “There were certain things I was seeing that were very uncharacteristic of our offense. I kind of pointed those things out and said we don't practice like this, we don't work like this so why play like it? The guys, they settled down, they played well. Sometimes you just gotta point out certain things and guys understand it.”

The Texans seem optimistic about Arian Foster and his left hamstring. “Everything was positive today,” Gary Kubiak said. “It looks like we’re dealing kind of with the same thing we were dealing with at the start of camp. Hopefully get him back on the rehab train and get him ready for opening day. He’ll be day-to-day. I’ll keep you guys up to date, but we feel like we’re fortunate.”

The Titans plan to get Kenny Britt working with the first team Monday in practice. “The only reason he hasn’t been at times is just because when we got into getting ready for the game mode or the carded-periods, there was no reason for him to take away reps from someone who was actually going to play in the game,” Mike Munchak said. “I think it will be a little bit different the next couple of days where he will get a chance to run with the first group and get some reps and continue that on hopefully for the rest of the season.”

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