The Jacksonville Jaguars backfield has suffered another significant injury blow.
The Jaguars announced on Tuesday that they are placing running back Jalen Parmele on the injured reserve list with a groin injury that he suffered early in Sunday’s win over the Tennessee Titans.
Despite being injured, Parmele returned to the game in the second half and finished with an eight carry for 45 yards game. Parmele had taken the starting running back job from Rashad Jennings last week when he carried the ball 24 times for 80 yards against a stout Houston Texans run defense.
Now the Jaguars backfield will be without Parmele and their best running back, Maurice Jones-Drew, who appears no closer to a return from a foot sprain he suffered back in October.
Without Parmele and Jones-Drew, the starting running back job will fall to Jennings by default. Jennings, who came into the season as the Jaguars’ starting running back, was supposed to thrive in Jones-Drew’s absence, but he has only managed an extremely disappointing 2.8 yards per carry on 93 attempts this season. Now Jennings will get his third chance this season to be the Jaguars featured rusher.
The Jaguars signed running back Jordan Todman off the Minnesota Vikings practice squad to backup Jennings until Jones-Drew is healthy enough to return.
The Jaguars also placed cornerback William Middleton on injured reserve after he left the Texans game with a concussion. The team also released wide receiver Micheal Spurlock and safety Chris Harris and announced the signing of cornerback Antwaun Molden, wide receiver Quan Cosby and wide receiver Toney Clemons.