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More Additions to the IR
Jacksonville placed two more players on the injured reserve list Monday, increasing the number of players to be put on IR this year to 31.
The latest victims were defensive end Matt Roth, who missed the past five games with a concussion, and cornerback Ashton Youboty, who suffered a hamstring injury when he jumped up and tried to defend a pass in the fourth quarter of the Jaguars' 23-17 loss to Tennessee on Christmas Eve.
Jacksonville promoted offensive tackle Daniel Baldridge from the practice squad.
Although they've put 31 players on IR, including 12 defensive backs, they currently have 25 on IR because they made injury settlements with six players.
Another cornerback, Kevin Rutland, missed the Tennessee game with a calf injury he suffered in pregame warmups, but interim coach Mel Tucker said he expects him back in practice Wednesday.
When he was asked if Rutland and David Jones would be the cornerbacks, Tucker said, "We'll see, because Morgan Trent is available and he played significant snaps in the game and did a good job for us in there. And then we also have David and Kevin, and C.C. Brown is a guy that showed up for us on special teams, and so he can do some things for us if we need help at the safety spot, too. We have guys here available to step up and play for us."
On safety Dwight Lowery, who missed the Tennessee game with a shoulder injury, Tucker said, "Lowery, we still have to see how he shows up on the report going into Wednesday. I don't know about him. He's not out, so we'll have to see on Dwight.
On offensive tackle Guy Whimper, who has a knee injury, Tucker said, "He'll be questionable going into the game. We'll see how he does on Wednesday, but we anticipate that he'll be better and he'll be able to do something this week in practice. And then we'll just see how much he's able to do."
Tucker also said that Aaron Kampman, who already is on IR, underwent knee surgery but didn't give any specifics except to say Kampman had some things cleaned up. Kampman suffered a torn ACL in each of the previous two seasons.
When he was asked if he's seen a team with this many injuries, Tucker said, "This has been my seventh year in the league, and I can't say for certain that I've been on a team that's had that high a number. I've never really kept count, until now, but it's not that I don't want to give excuses or explanations, it's that that's just not part of what I believe in doing. It never crosses my mind to do that."
On why the Jaguars are suffering the injuries, he said, "I don't know, every year is different. I'm sure there will be a review after the season and see if we can find answers to that and see if there is anything we can do moving forward to prevent that. But things come up, it's a collision sport, and so injuries are part of the game."
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