Jaguars Wounded Walking

All eyes will be on quarterback David Garrard and kicker Josh Scobee Wednesday when the Jaguars start practicing for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers. Here is how it looks...

Depending on how they look in practice this week, the Jaguars hope both will be back.

Garrard, who has missed the last three games with a high ankle sprain, and Scobee, who hasn't kicked since the opener when he strained his quad in the pre-game warmups, may both ready to play Sunday.

The timing couldn't be better for their return for the final seven games because they're in good field position in the battle for an AFC wild card spot after boosting their record to 6-3 with a 28-13 victory Sunday in Tennessee.

Garrard said, "I'm almost positive (about playing) if we don't have any setbacks during the week or anything. I think it'll be full speed ahead."

Scobee said he's "very optimistic" he'll play and said he didn't aggravate the injury when he kicked last week.

He hopes to have a normal week of practice and be ready to go although he conceded he's not 100 percent and will have to kick through some pain.

Garrard felt he could have played Sunday, but figured it was better to err on the side of caution and give the injury another week to heal so he's ready for the last seven games. He said if the season only had a week or so to go, he probably would have gone.

"I'm so far ahead of schedule, I have to think about the long haul, not just the here and now. As much as it hurt not to get out there and play, it was better just to be smart," he said.

Coach Jack Del Rio, who likes to keep the opposing team guessing, probably won't announce whether they'll play until game time next Sunday.

Of Garrard, Del Rio said, "We'll see how practice goes. He did OK (last week) but he wasn't quite ready. We'll anticipate he'll be better this week. We'll see how he does."

Of Scobee, Del Rio said, "He practiced last week. We'll see how he goes through practice this week and make a determination at some point. He kicked last week without incident so I do think he's being closer to be an option for us."

If they get Scobee back, they may try longer field goals. John Carney, who has filled in for Scobee, has made nine of 11 field-goal attempts, but the longest he has made was a 41-yarder and he missed 42 and 48-yard attempts.

Since John Carney lacks a strong leg, they've been going for it on fourth-and-short around the 30 yard line. The lead the league with 23 attempts on fourth down. New Orleans is a distant second with 14.


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