Byron Leftwich expects to return to the lineup Sunday in Minnesota.
"That's the plan unless we have a major setback," Leftwich said. "I really believe I'll be playing this week."
Coach Jack Del Rio also indicated Leftwich will play although he was a bit more cautious.
"We're going to look at Byron this week and see if he's healed up enough to play," Del Rio said. "He appears to be on track to be able to return this week. Again, we'll lean on the doctors and their expertise in terms of when we get clearance (for him to play). I know Byron is anxious to get back. I'll know more as we get closer to Wednesday."
The team begins practice sessions for the Minnesota game Wednesday and while Leftwich hopes to be practicing, he knows he can't rush things.
"The key is not to go out there and jump out at it. I've got to understand I haven't done anything for three weeks and I've got to work myself into it and make sure I'm ready for Sunday, not Wednesday," he said.
Leftwich knows he has to shake off the rust because until last Friday, he hadn't thrown a ball since he was injured in Houston.
"I've just got to get to throwing to the guys. I don't think (being out) three weeks makes you lose everything when it comes to timing," he said.
The next question is whether Leftwich can make a difference as the Jaguars try to stay in the playoff race after suffering an 18-15 loss to Tennessee Sunday.
The Jaguars went 1-1 with Garrard, but they were 2-3 in Leftwich's last five games after a 3-0 start. Both Leftwich and Garrard put up 15 points in the two games against Tennessee. The difference was that they held the Titans to 12 while winning the first game and gave up 18 while losing the second one.
Since the team is 3-4 in its last seven games, it needs better play across the board.
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