While the Jacksonville Jaguars have been able to avoid major injuries so far this season, they have been plagued by minor injuries that have kept several important contributors on the sidelines.
They may be getting some of those key players back this weekend when they return home to take on the Cincinnati Bengals.
Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey said on Wednesday that both starting left guard Eben Britton and right tackle Cameron Bradfield, who have both been out since Week 1 with left ankle injuries, will return to practice in a limited capacity in hopes that one or both could play on Sunday.
The Jaguars passing offense has struggled mightily the past two weeks with their makeshift offensive line, but the return of Britton and Bradfield could provide a significant boost to the lines ability to keep quarterback Blaine Gabbert upright and effective throwing the football.
A healthy offensive line would also help tight end Marcedes Lewis’ production. The past two weeks, Lewis has been largely absent from the Jaguars passing attack because they have kept him in to help pass block.
The Jaguars could also get back running back Rashad Jennings (knee) and defensive end Austen Lane(foot) back on Sunday.
Despite the effectiveness of Maurice Jones-Drew, the Jaguars will still like to use Jennings in a reserve role this season to help keep Jones-Drew’s workload down.
Lane’s return to the defense could provide a boost to a defensive line that has only totaled two sacks through three games so far this season.
Wide receiver Laurent Robinson, running back Montell Owens and cornerback Kevin Rutland, who suffered concussions in this past Sunday’s victory over the Indianapolis Colts, passed their concussion tests and are expected to play on Sunday.
Unfortunately, the Jaguars are not expected to have linebacker Daryl Smith (groin) back this weekend.