When Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley was asked about the health of running back T.J. Yeldon on Monday, he didn't give much of an update.
“It was a pass play, so it just looked like his knee got bent a little bit. It didn’t show anything real drastic,” Bradley said in his afternoon press conference.
“Yeah, we’ll wait and see. I think we’ll have a better update for you guys on Wednesday. I’ll get a chance to meet with the docs after they do all their tests today.”
The prognosis on Yeldon may not be so good as the team is reportedly signing former New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins running back Jonas Gray, according to Gray's agent Sean Stellato.
Gray played six games for the Dolphins this season before being waived and then re-signed to their practice squad. In those six appearances, he ran for 122 yards on 31 carries. He also showed good hands, catching six passes for 72 yards.
If Yeldon can't go, expect to see a lot of Denard Robinson, who was very effective on Sunday. The former Michigan quarterback ran for 75 yards on 14 carries in Sunday's 51-16 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
“Well, I see him progressing," Bradley said. "Here’s a guy that was a quarterback [at Michigan], and he’s learning the position. I think the big jump with Denard is his confidence level. I think he’s become a more confident runner. I think he understands the scheme and has a better idea of what the position looks like. I think he’s gained confidence in his protections, and when you have a good understanding of the protections and how they work, I think it frees up the other aspects of your game. And he’s just playing with more confidence. He’s always been aggressive, but it’s like he’s taking that part to a different level.”
Where Robinson has game-breaking speed, Gray is more of a pounder at 5-foot-9, 223 pounds. He is remembered for his elite performance in the November 16, 2014 game against the Colts when he ran for 201 yards and four touchdowns in the Patriots 42-20 victory.
The signing of Gray signals that the Jaguars are not that comfortable with Yeldon's knee and also not enamored with the idea of Joe Banyard getting some meaningful carries.