Walking Wounded Return to Practice
According to the Associated Press, Jaguars right tackle Eben Britton returned to practice Monday. This doesn't mean that he will start against Tennessee, but it's the first time he's practiced in nearly a month.
Defensive tackle Tyson Alualu, tight end Zachary Miller and long-snapper Jeremy Cain also returned to work and are expected to suit up.
Manning Doubtful for Indy
The big news around the NFL involves the injured neck of Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning has not been cleared to practice and is doubtful for Indy's season opener against the Houston Texans.
If Manning isn't cleared to practice just six days prior to the team's opener, it's likely that he could miss a lot more than just one game. If Manning does miss multiple games the Colts could dig themselves a hole with backup quarterback Kerry Collins which would open up the AFC South more than it's ever been.
Manning's injury puts Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio on notice as many suspect that he's already on a very hot seat. Del Rio's decision to potentially waste $8 million of Wayne Weaver's money on David Garrard had better lead to immediate results, and with the potential of Peyton Manning not owning the AFC South in 2011, there's more pressure than ever on Del Rio and the Jags to earn a home playoff game in January.
Titans Game Notes
- Las Vegas seems to like the Jaguars as the opening line favors Jacksonville by 3 points. The over/under is currently set at 38 ½.
- Although Chris Johnson is a Central Florida native, not everyone in the state of Florida is happy with his newfound wealth from his 4-year, $53.5 million contract. Johnson is back in the fold for Tennessee and he's done more than his fair share of damage against the Jaguars.
In six games against Jacksonville, Johnson has averaged nearly 125 yards from scrimmage per game with four touchdowns.
- New Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has faced the Jaguars twice, both with his former team the Seattle Seahawks. Hasselbeck carved Jacksonville up in 2009's 41-0 victory as he went 18 for 30, for 241 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.
- There's no need to stress the importance of the Jaguars winning on Sunday but to re-emphasize- Jacksonville will travel in Week's 2 and 3 to New York (Jets) and Carolina respectively (the Jaguars were 3-5 on the road last year); The team will return home to face the New Orleans Saints and Cincinnati Bengals, before taking back to the road to play Pittsburgh.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and the host of "The Sports Crunch" on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie
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