Big Bye-Week News

Jaguars returned some familiar faces to the lineup this week. Find out who's back practicing and what they had to say about their return. Also find out about the painful procedure one of them had to endure.

The big bye-week news for the Jaguars is that both center Brad Meester and guard Chris Naeole practiced with the first team Wednesday, a sign they'll be back for the Cleveland game.

"It felt good to be back out there with the guys again," Meester said.

Meester, sidelined by a right ruptured biceps tendon, had practiced the last few weeks, but only with the scout team.

Naeole also worked at right guard with the first time since resigning with the team on Sept. 17.

Naeole was sidelined with a torn quadriceps tendon last November at New Orleans and his days with the team appeared to be over when he was waived last March 3.

But when both starting guards, Vince Manuwai and Mo Williams, were lost for the season in the opener at Tennessee, the Jaguars decided to bring Naeole back.

"You just want to get in and hit somebody," said Naeole. I've been out for so long. It's almost a year."

This is the second consecutive year that Meester has missed the start of the season after suffering a serious injury in training camp. Last year, he broke a bone in his ankle and didn't return until the sixth game.

Not that being sidelined was any easier this time.

"The hardest thing for me is to sit on the sidelines. I want to be out there with the guys," he said.

This is also the second time he suffered a ruptured biceps tendon. He did it in his left arm in 2005 and missed the final four games and had the entire offseason to rehab.

Rupturing a biceps tendon is not a common football injury and Meester isn't sure why it happened twice to him.

"It's really more common among movers who have to lift a lot of stuff," he said.

He got this one when he had the arm extended on a field goal play in practice so he'll wear a specially designed knee brace on his arm to keep him from extending it too much.

"The tendon tears off and the bicep rolls up in your arm. They grab that tendon and pull it down and drill a hole to the bone to attach," he said.


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