The Jacksonville Jaguars appear to be getting healthy at the right time. They've dealt with a myriad of minor injuries this summer, but it looks nearly all of their starters, and key contributors are healthy. After a year in which the Jaguars were struck hard by injuries, this is a welcomed development in Duval.
Geoff Swaim, who suffered an injury to his right foot during the team's first preseason game, hadn't been able to practice in over two weeks. He returned to practice on Monday as is on track to start week one against the Chiefs. His return will allow the Jaguars to be more effective in two tight end sets.
Even better, rookie linebacker Quincy Williams was able to return to practice on Tuesday. Williams underwent a minor knee surgery less than a month ago and is now back on the field with his team. He's the Jaguars' starting weakside linebacker and a player that has game-changing athleticism.
DJ Chark also returned to the field for the Jaguars on Tuesday. The second-year wideout may not be a starter for the Jags in 2019, but he's expected to be a key contributor in year two. He's still in the concussion protocol, but his return to the field for the first time since suffering the injury against the Dolphins last week is an indication he'll be ready for the start of the regular season.
Reserve swing tackle Leonard Wester also returned to practice field on Tuesday.
Rookie tight end Josh Oliver is also expected to be a key contributor for the offense. He's been dealing with a hamstring injury suffered early on in training camp and has yet to return to practice. He's been working on the side for the Jaguars in recent practice sessions. If Oliver can suit up for the start of the regular season, the Jaguars will have a much more potent tight end group.
The only players not participating in practice, in any capacity, are Alfred Blue, Lerentee McCray, Davis Tull, and Cedric Ogbuehi. None of which are expected to play a significant role for the Jaguars in the upcoming season.
If the Jaguars are to make a run at the division crown, they'll need the injuries to remain minimal as the season rolls on.
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