Jaguars Careful About Head Injuries
The Jaguars seem to be showing how cautious NFL teams are these days in dealing with concussions.
Running back Rashad Jennings and linebacker Clint Session suffered concussions in the first preseason game at New England and sat out the Atlanta game Saturday night.
They returned to practice Sunday and both said they didn't suffer the kind of severe concussions that cause a player to be kept in a dark room.
In the past, they might have been allowed to play against the Falcons, but the NFL is now taking concussions very seriously.
Jennings suffered his when he took a blow to the back of the head when his helmet flew off. And Session said he felt a "little woozy" in the Atlanta game.
Running back Deji Karim suffered a concussion in the Atlanta game and declined to comment on the injury after practice. So it remains to be seen if he will be held out a week.
Coach Jack Del Rio said, "Until he's cleared (to play by the doctors), he's out."
Jaguars Getting Healthier
Now that linebacker Clint Session is back after missing the Atlanta game with a concussion, the Jaguars had 21 of their 22 starters practicing Monday. The only one missing was offensive tackle Eben Britton, who has a back injury.
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew and defensive end Aaron Kampman haven't played in the preseason yet and Del Rio said they won't go in the third game in Buffalo, but likely the final preseason game against St. Louis in Jacksonville.
"I think aside from Eben, everybody's (starters) going to be available," he said.
Can the Rookies Make Up for Lost Time?
Safety Chris Prosinski, a draft pick, and undrafted rookie cornerback T.J. Heath, both returned to practice after sitting out the first two preseason games and have to make up quickly for lost time.
Del Rio said the key for young players who are injured is to do mental reps so they don't fall behind.
"We'll find out how much they've been paying attention," he said.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think we can be the best defense in the league with the type of guys we have and what we want to do." -- Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton.