The Jaguars return home to face the Denver Broncos this weekend. As is this case with many teams once December rolls around, injuries are starting to pile up on both sides.
For the Jaguars they will be officially be without Allen Hurns, Chris Ivory, Jared Odrick and Rahsad Greene. That's two of the Jaguars most important offensive weapons. What's worse is the fact that Julius Thomas is officially listed as doubtful. Thomas has been a major dissapointment in Jacksonville since joining the team in 2015, but playing with out Ivory, Hurns, and Thomas is certainly not ideal for a team that is struggling to put points on the board. So what does this mean for the offense? You'll likely see a lot of T.J. Yeldon (also hobbled) and Denard Robinson carrying the ball against a lack luster Broncos run defense. This will also give Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee more responsibility this week in the outside passing attack, and second year player Ben Koyack will see plenty of snaps at the tight end position.
Several other impact players will be questionable in this one for the Jags, but are expected to play. Yannick Ngakoue, TJ Yeldon, Abry Jones, and Peyton Thompson are battling an ankle sprains, while Malik Jackson has been battling a back injury this week. While all are expected to take the field for the Jaguars this Sunday, it remains to be seen how effective they will be.
On the flip side the Broncos are dealing with some major injury issues of their own. They already lost their only effective running back C.J. Anderson for the season and now it appears they will be without starting QB Trevor Siemian, who has been playing pretty good football lately. Siemian hasn't practiced all week which will likely give rookie Paxton Lynch the second start of his career. Lynch is a big kid with a big arm that knows how to use his feet to extend plays, but his lack of experience should leave Malik Jackson and Co. chomping at the bit to take the field Sunday.
The Jaguars are clearly more depleted than the Broncos heading into this one, but the Broncos will be likely be playing without their starter at the most important position in all of sports.
Neither team has been playing great as of late. The Jaguars have lost six straight, despite being competitive in most contests, while the Broncos have dropped four of their last seven ball games.
Injuries will be a huge factor. Which team will be able to overcome said injuries? The answer will likely determine who comes away with a W in this one.
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