Jaguars Strategy and Personnel

Game plan, matchups to watch, injury impact and other exclusive player notes based on the injury report and interviews.

GAME PLAN: The Jaguars put together the kind of game plan they like to use last week when they ran for 236 yards against the Colts. They're a team that likes to run and control the clock because their passing game isn't very effective. They figure to do the same thing against the Texans, who are 27th against the run so they should be vulnerable.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Jaguars LT Khalif Barnes vs. Texans RE Mario Williams. Barnes held his own against Dwight Freeney in Indianapolis last week, but he was helped by the fact that the Jaguars controlled the ball to keep the Colts offense off the field. If the Texans can keep their offense on the field, Williams could give Barnes problems.

Jaguars CB Rashean Mathis vs. Texans WR Andre Johnson. Mathis had mixed results covering Marvin Harrison last week. He intercepted a pass intended for Harrison and returned it 61 yards for a touchdown, but should have been called for grabbing Harrison's jersey. Harrison also got open deep twice, but Peyton Manning overthrew him. Johnson could give Mathis problems.

INJURY IMPACT: If Reggie Nelson can't play with his knee injury, the loss of Scott Starks will hurt in the secondary because William James will become the nickel back.

They'd like to get wide receiver Jerry Porter back but his status remains uncertain. If he can't play, they'll continue to lack a deep threat at wide receiver.

PERSONNEL: The Jaguars made three roster moves after putting Scott Starks on IR with a torn ACL. They signed veteran cornerback Omare Lowe, who was released by Seattle in the final cuts. They also re-signed offensive tackle Andrew Carnahan to the practice squad and waived linebacker Lamar Myles from the practice squad.

The loss of Starks leaves them thin in the secondary because starting safety Reggie Nelson suffered a bruised knee in Indianapolis and his status is uncertain for the Texans game. If he can't go, Gerald Sensabaugh will start in his place.

--WR Jerry Porter practiced Wednesday, but it's uncertain if he'll play Sunday.

--LB Justin Durant, who missed last week's game with a groin injury, didn't practice Wednesday.

--RB Maurice Jones-Drew missed practice with an ankle injury but is likely to play.

--S Reggie Nelson missed practice with a knee injury and it's uncertain if he'll play Sunday.

--RB Fred Taylor missed practice with a hand injury but is likely to play.


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