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Jags- Colts Game Snapshot
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
TV: CBS, Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein
PREDICTION: Jaguars 23-12
KEYS TO THE GAME: The delicate balance for the Jaguars is not asking too much of struggling rookie QB Blaine Gabbert while still giving him an opportunity to grow against a struggling defense. They'll rely on RB Maurice Jones-Drew, who averages 92.9 rushing yards in this series. The Colts lack that type of bell cow in the backfield, which has planted Curtis Painter in a pressure cooker behind a shaky offensive line. He is also without injured TE Dallas Clark, although backup Jacob Tamme did step up admirably in his place last season.
FAST FACTS: The game features the two lowest-ranked offenses in the league. ... The Jaguars are 8-8 in games following their bye.
INSIDE THE CAMPS
The Jaguars may not be getting much of a return on their $10 million investment on defensive end Aaron Kampman.
He didn't practice Wednesday and Thursday after suffering a hamstring injury during the bye week. This comes after he tore ACLs the past two seasons.
In 2009, he returned from a concussion only to tear the ACL in his right knee in November against San Francisco.
The Jaguars gambled he'd make a complete recovery and signed him as a free agent last year for $10 million in guaranteed money.
Kampman was ready to start the season last year and played the first eight games until he tore the ACL in his right knee in a practice on Nov. 11 and was lost for the season.
This time, the injury was more serious and he missed the first five games, before returning for the next three and going in for 15, 23 and 28 snaps as a part-time player. He was working himself back into playing shape and had just two tackles, two quarterback pressures and no sacks.
He was looking forward to making more of an impact in the second half of the season before he suffered the hamstring injury in a drill during the bye week.
Kampman said, "I'm hoping to get over this hump and getting myself as healthy as possible so I can help our team as much as possible."
Despite the frustration, Kampman said, "You've never given more than you can handle."
Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said of Kampman, "He works tremendously hard. He cares about it a great deal and he's a good player and I'm happy we have him."
Still, Kampman has played in 11 of 24 games in the two years he's been with the Jaguars and the Jaguars have to start wondering if they made a mistake signing him in the first place.
As things stand now, running back Joseph Addai may end up sitting out Sunday's game with AFC South rival Jacksonville.
Addai has been nursing a strained right hamstring that he incurred against Kansas City. He has seen limited playing time since then.
"He is still limited and still day-to-day. He's not, at this point in time, improving quite as rapidly as we'd like to see, but he's still working at it," coach Jim Caldwell said.
After initially suffering the injury, Addai apparently tweaked the hamstring against New Orleans.
"He ran a little bit (Wednesday), and really tried to give it a go to kind of see how he would feel. It was not quite 100 percent at this point," Caldwell said.
With the Colts having a bye next week before returning home to face the Carolina Panthers, Addai may be allowed additional recovery time.
"Probably. We're heading in that direction right now unless there's something that happens here in the next couple of days," the Colts coach said.
"So hopefully we'll be able to get him back, and get the sort of nagging injury behind him so we can move forward."
--FB Brock Bolen didn't practice Wednesday and Thursday because of a calf injury. --DE Aaron Kampman didn't practice Wednesday and Thursday because of a hamstring injury.
--OL Eben Britton wasn't on the field Wednesday and Thursday and has been declared out of the game at Indianapolis.
--WR Brian Robiskie, claimed off waivers from Cleveland last week, was limited in practice Thursday with a hamstring injury after practicing Wednesday.
--WR Cecil Shorts was a full go in practice Thursday after being limited Wednesday with a hamstring injury.
--DE John Chick was limited in practice for the second consecutive day with a abdomen injury.
--DT Terrance Knighton was limited for the second consecutive day with an ankle injury.
--TE Brody Eldridge underwent right hand surgery earlier this week and will not play against Jacksonville on Sunday. Eldridge was hurt in the first quarter of last week's game with Atlanta. He did not practice Wednesday and Thursday.
--TE Dallas Clark is not expected to practice for an extended period of time after suffering a lower left leg injury against the Falcons last Sunday. Clark was in a walking boot after the Atlanta game. There is no indication on how many games he will miss. He sat out practices on Wednesday and Thursday.
--RB Joseph Addai (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. His status for the Jacksonville game won't be determined until the end of the week.
--CB Terrence Johnson (ankle) sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday. Johnson did not play last week against Atlanta and is not expected to suit up against the Jaguars on Sunday.
--WR Blair White (knee) did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. White has been sidelined for the past couple of weeks. There has been no determination on when he will return to practice. --DE Jamaal Anderson (hip) did not practice on Thursday. Anderson is expected to play Sunday against Jacksonville.
--S Stevie Brown (hamstring) sat out Thursday's workout. Brown will probably be a game time decision for Sunday's game with the Jaguars.
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