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Jacksonville Jaguars Expect To Have Will Rackley Week 1

Jacksonville Jaguars Will Rackley

Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have had really good luck so far this preseason when it comes to injuries and it appears that the team has dodged yet another bullet.

It looked bad on Saturday night when starting left guard Will Rackley limped off of the field after the first play of the game and did not return to action, but after having an X-ray and MRI the injury does not appear to be as serious as initially feared.

Rackley told reporters on Monday that he only suffered a sprained ankle and could be ready to go when the Jaguars take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1 of the regular season.

The Jaguars lost Rackley early in training camp last year and shuffled several bodies into the left guard position, none of which played really well. While Rackley played poorly his rookie season in 2011, the Jaguars expect him to take a step forward this season and expect him to be an important piece along their improved offensive line.

In other Jaguars injury news, the team expects quarterback Blaine Gabbert to start gripping a football this week in an effort to have him ready to start practicing next week in preparation for the season opener. Gabbert was named the starting quarterback last week despite the uncertainty around the thumb injury on his throwing hand.

The Jaguars will likely keep out any starters who have any sort of injury this Thursday in the final preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons in an attempt to be as healthy as possible for the start of the regular season.

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