Monday, September 10, 2012
Foot injuries to linemen puzzle Mularkey
By Paul Kuharsky
As foot injuries mount for his Jaguars, Mike Mularkey’s wondering if the turf in Baltimore and Minnesota’s caused any other teams issues.
“Yeah, I’m just trying to figure out where it’s coming from because it is an unbelievable amount of guys that have had that injury -- something different but that same part of the body,” he told Jacksonville reporters Monday.
Three offensive linemen were hurt in the loss at Minnesota -- guards Eben Britton (ankle) and Uche Nwaneri (ankle) and right tackle Cameron Bradfield (leg).
Nwaneri returned to finish. The team is waiting on MRI results for Bradfield and running back Rashad Jennings (knee) and Mularkey said they could be out a couple weeks. Mularkey rated Britton as questionable but said it doesn’t look to be a long-term injury.
“It’s the most foot injuries I’ve ever been around,” Mularkey said. “Foot, ankle, you think about the number of linemen we have lost with it, it’s just unheard of. I don’t know if it’s bad luck. I am putting a little research out there with some of the turf teams if they’re experiencing the same kind of issues we are with our ankles and feet. We have had an unbelievable number of injuries to that part of the body. More than I’ve ever been around.”
Mike Brewster and Guy Whimper were called into action Sunday and could be in line for more Sunday against Houston.
Linebacker Daryl Smith, who missed the opener with an injury labeled a groin at some times and an abdomen at others, isn’t expected to practice Wednesday and is questionable, Mularkey said.