"Everyone that we have on our roster will be healthy," Doug Marrone told the local media on Tuesday.
All the players that have missed time recently — Nick Foles (clavicle), Dede Westbrook (shoulder/neck), DJ Hayden (shoulder), Leon Jacobs (hamstring), and Najee Goode (toe) — are scheduled to return to practice on Monday when the Jaguars reconvene after their bye week.
That's right: the Jaguars' $88 million man will return to the game field when the Jaguars take on the Colts on November 17th. Foles has been taking snaps in practice and has been gradually ramping up his activity over the last two weeks. The veteran QB is fully healthy, but there figures to be some rust when he plays in a game for the first time since week one.
Westbrook left the Jaguars' week eight win against the Jets early, and couldn't play against the Texans in London. His sure hands, toughness, and route-running ability will help Nick Foles and the Jaguars' offense. His absence against the Texans was glaring.
DJ Hayden, the Jaguars' starting nickel cornerback, was also forced out of the week eight contest with the Jets and missed week nine. With Tre Herndon now starting on the outside, there was no one with experience behind Hayden on the inside. Getting him back will be a massive win for the Jaguars' defense.
Finally, Leon Jacobs and Najee Goode, two of the Jaguars' starting linebackers, will return to the field next week. Goode has taken over for rookie Quincy Williams, who has been slowed by injury and inconsistency, at weakside linebacker. Jacobs is the starting strong-side linebacker and helps immensely in the run game.
Having a team that is fully healthy — outside of DT Marcell Dareus, WR Marqise Lee, and TE James O'Shaughnessy, who are on IR — will help the Jaguars in their quest for the playoffs. At 4-5 the Jaguars have a tough road ahead of them. But if they can win their next two games — on the road against divisional foes Indianapolis and Tennessee — they'll get to 6-5 and be in the thick of the AFC playoff race.
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