It appears that the Jaguars will be without some key members of the defense when they take on the Carolina Panthers this Sunday. Defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks will be listed as out as he is trying to come back from a torn ACL he suffered at the end of last season. Also missing the game will be defensive end Andre Branch and tight end Julius Thomas.
Wide receiver Marqise Lee is listed as doubtful as he's battling a hamstring injury that's cost him all of preseason. That's caused the team to work out wide receiver Davaris Daniels, according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson.
Daniels played at Notre Dame and was an undrafted rookie free agent this season as he signed with the Minnesota Vikings. He was then waived and subsequently signed by the New England Patriots before being waived three days later.
The 6-foot-1, 203 pound receiver ran a 4.53 40-yard dash at his pro day, while posting a 39.5 inch vertical leap.
No Star On Sunday?
It's not official yet, but it's likely that Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei will not suit up on Sunday. Lotulelei is battling a foot injury.
“Star didn’t participate in practice, but he worked out on the side with the trainers, doing the things that he needed to do as far as working on the foot strength and conditioning,” Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said, via the team’s website. “They’re really putting a lot of stress on it just to see how he reacts to it.”
Lotulelei's absence would likely match the impact of the Jaguars not having Sen'Derrick Marks.
More Headset Issues In New England
When the Jaguars take on the New England Patriots Week 3, they will have to be prepared to use some hand signals because it appears that the Patriots are up to some of their old tricks.
In last night's season opener, the Pittsburgh Steelers complained about their loss of communications in the first quarter of the game.
This is from the Steelers website-
Tomlin said Steelers coaches had issues throughout the first two quarters when trying to communicate with one another over their headsets.
“That’s always the case,” he said.
Always at Gillette Stadium?
“Yes,” Tomlin said. “We were listening to the Patriots’ radio broadcast for the majority of the first half on our headsets, coach to coach. I’m not indicating anything; I’m telling you what happened. We let the league officials on site handle it, is what we do.”
The NFL issued a statement regarding the communication issue:
“In the first quarter of tonight’s game, the Pittsburgh coaches experienced interference in their headset caused by a stadium power infrastructure issue, which was exacerbated by the inclement weather. The coaches’ communications equipment, including the headsets, is provided by the NFL for both clubs use on game day. Once the power issue was addressed, the equipment functioned properly with no additional issues.”
Tomlin said the situation was resolved to the Steelers’ satisfaction “eventually.”
Something similar happened to the Jaguars when they traveled to New England for their playoff game in January of 2006. There have been numerous teams who have complained about the Patriots "shenanigans" and the Jags must be prepared for anything and everything.