Marcedes Lewis Ruled Out For Jacksonville Jaguars Season Opener

By Joey Farbo
Jacksonville Jaguars Marcedes Lewis
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The Jacksonville Jaguars are relatively healthy heading into the 2013 season, but they will be without one of their biggest offensive weapons for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Friday after practice the Jaguars ruled out starting tight end Marcedes Lewis with a calf injury that has kept him off the field most of the preseason. Without Lewis, the Jaguars will be missing their largest receiving option and a prime red zone target.

The Jaguars have not mentioned a timeline for Lewis’ return to the field, but would be wise to err on the side of caution as calf injuries tend to linger if they are not allowed to fully heal. Without Lewis, the Jaguars will likely start Allen Reisner and will need to get some sort of contribution from the two tight ends they picked up after final cuts last weekend, Clay Harbor and D.J. Williams.

Who will be throwing to those guys remains a question, however. Even though Jaguars starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert took the most reps at practice on Friday, the team still is calling him a game-time decision for Sunday. I do not believe the Jaguars would have given Gabbert the majority of the practice reps this week over backup Chad Henne if they did not think he could play this week, so I expect that Gabbert will be under center when the Jaguars offense takes the field against the Chiefs.

The other Jaguars players that are listed as questionable for Sunday’s game are running back Justin Forsett (toe) and left guard Will Rackley (ankle). Both are expected to play, but Forsett’s involvement will likely be limited due to the fact that he got no work in the preseason.

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