Scott Starks (Getty Images)
The Jaguars suffered yet another blow when they had to place backup nickelback and special teams player Scott Starks on the injured reserve list with a torn ACL. The loss of Starks may not be as bad on the surface as the losses of Vince Manuwai and Maurice Williams, but Starks was solid depth at corner and was a special teams contributor.
“From the game itself, Scott Starks had a knee injury,” said Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio.
The injury to Starks left the Jaguars thin in the secondary, and veteran William James was forced to match up against Marvin Harrison at the end of Sunday’s contest, and Harrison burned him for a big 27-yard game on a fourth down that would’ve sealed the game for the Jaguars.
“We were scrambling a bit,” Del Rio said. We had two injuries in a short period of time. Reggie Nelson went down with a knee sprain and then Scotty Starks went down with a knee sprain. Scotty happens to be the next guy in and he went down and then Will James was the next guy in. We’re more comfortable with him outside versus inside. There’s a lot more learning to go on with the nickel position as opposed to being outside, so we did that.”
Aside from Starks, the Jaguars are dealing with injury issues at wide receiver, linebacker, safety and defensive tackle. Wide receivers Troy Williamson and Jerry Porter missed Sunday’s game, and Dennis Northcutt has a hip injury. Linebacker Justin Durant also missed Sunday’s game with an injured groin, Reggie Nelson had a knee injury, and Tony McDaniel suffered a biceps injury.
“We hope to get them back,” Del Rio said. “Reggie Nelson, a little less of an injury. We think it’s a simple sprain. Again, we’ll have that confirmed. Dennis Northcutt had a little flexor injury. He should be ok. We’ll know more about him Wednesday after a couple days of rehab, and Tony McDaniel has a biceps injury and we’ll know more as we get back the results for him as well. So these are the injuries that I’m aware of at this point.”
With the Jaguars operating at just a 27% efficiency in the red zone, head coach Jack Del Rio hopes the return of Jerry Porter and Troy Williamson will equal more production.
“We’re not waiting for any savior player to come in and all of a sudden take us to new heights,” said Del Rio. “We’re going to keep working at it. Certainly it would be a lift to get them back. They’re both guys we think can play, so it’ll help to get them back.”
Nobody in the NFL is going to feel sorry for the Jaguars, as every team has to deal with injuries, but they really can’t afford to have too many more players go down.
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