Brunell back, but not expecting much
Brunell had surgery to remove an infected bursa sac from his throwing elbow. The scar needed about 30 stitches. The team didn't want him at the facility for fear of infection.
Brunell spent practice shagging balls Thursday, and expects to start throwing again next week. Regardless of when he returns to health, Brunell doesn't expect to play again for the Jaguars (1-6).
When Brunell got hurt, coach Jack Del Rio named Byron Leftwich the starter. Even if Leftwich were to get injured, there's a good chance the Jaguars might give second-year quarterback David Garrard a try.
"Jack said they had made a decision," Brunell said. "He said they were going forward, and that's what he's going to do."
Brunell said it felt awkward spending time in the middle of the season at home. Nonetheless, he enjoyed a lot of quality "family time," and didn't mind that his body wasn't taking the beating it normally would this time of year.
Brunell endured 145 sacks from 2000-2002, the most of any quarterback over that span (Daunte Culpepper is next with 114 over the three years). Could the rest help him in the future?
"That remains to be seen," he said. "That's a theory around here. But it's one year at a time. This is a different experience for me, but you just roll with it."
Brunell said he had not seen a report in a Miami newspaper earlier this month that stated he would like to play for the Dolphins next season. The Dolphins, Seahawks or one of the California teams are thought to be on Brunell's wish list for next year. Brunell grew up in California, went to school at Washington and plans to live in Jacksonville when he retires.
But he claims he's not thinking about next season too much right now.
He missed football for the few weeks he was gone, but it may have given him a new perspective. His time with the Jaguars is nearing an end, and at times Thursday, he sounded as though he had, in a way, already separated himself from this troubled team.
"Being 1-6 is a difficult thing to take, because we've got some good players," he said. "But I think these guys will get it turned around."<
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