Jaguars quarterback David Garrard left Monday's loss to Tennessee in the second quarter after suffering what is reported to be a concussion. Garrard didn't return and his status for next Sunday's game against Kansas City is uncertain, especially considering he will try to recover on short rest.
"I have to lean on the doctors," Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said of his injured quarterback. "He wasn't able to return. What he indicated to me is that he thought he banged his head on the ground, that's what caused it. I didn't see the actual blow. But that's what he said."
With the new emphasis on concussions it is unlikely that the Jaguars medical staff will clear Garrard on a short week. Realistically, this is a good opportunity for the Jaguars to get an extended look at the recently signed Trent Edwards. If Garrard can't go on Sunday, expect the Jaguars to re-sign veteran Todd Bouman.
No Sparks Off the Bench
The Trent Edwards era in Jacksonville may have begun Monday night, and the results were less than overwhelming. Edwards completed just 14 of 24 throws, for 140 yards, no touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. In Edwards defense, he received just a few reps with the first team in practice last week and he was inserted into a 17-0 game with the defense acutely aware of what the Jaguars were trying to do.
Edwards was able to move the Jaguars down the field and landed in the red zone three times. Unfortunately, all the team gained from those three trips to the red zone were three points.
"Well, I thought we had a shot a couple of different times to get back in the ball game," Del Rio said. "We're going to get the ball to start the second half, the end of the first half we're knocking on the door and then we get the fumble. Then we come back early in the third quarter and we got another shot to go in and we throw another interception. We need to come strong for that ball and make that a touchdown, can't make it an interception. Those are a couple glaring examples of us not giving ourselves a spark."
Win the Toss, Don't Defer
The Jaguars won the coin toss before Monday night's game and their loss marked the first time this season that a coin toss winner went down in defeat on Monday night. The Jaguars decided to defer until the second half and that's where it all began to go wrong.
Jacksonville has started slow this season as the team hasn't held a first-period lead at any point this year. In fact, the team has trailed in five of their six games and the defense has allowed a touchdown drive by the opponents offense within the first two drives in every game but the season opening victory against Denver.
Smith Wouldn't Have Mattered
The Jaguars traded starting safety Anthony Smith to the Green Bay Packers Sunday evening for a late-round pick. The move surprised many as Smith was the team's best safety and they were 3-0 with him in the lineup. Jacksonville started Gerald Alexander and Courtney Greene at the two safety positions on Monday night. The pair combined for eight tackles, two tackles for loss and a pass defensed. There were no major breakdowns in the secondary as the longest pass play allowed was 28 yards, and the Jaguars allowed a season best 171 passing yards to Vince Young and Kerry Collins.
With an open roster spot, the Jaguars signed former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Chevis Jackson. Jackson was a former third-round pick of Atlanta back in 2008. He was waived during final cuts by the Falcons back in September. The former LSU Tiger was inactive for Monday night's game.
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