The Jaguars have arrived in London to get ready to take on the Eagles. And meanwhile back in the U.S.A., the Bucs have gone North to Cincinnati to battle of the Bengals.
And in both cases, the Florida team will have to do without star players, if they’re going to get a win on Sunday.
First, for Jacksonville, as we wrote first 16 days ago, the Jags will in fact sit Leonard fournette all the way through Sunday’s game and the bye week in attempt to get his right hamstring back healthy. This will be the sixth game in the last seven that Fournette has missed with a hamstring injury.
And frankly, the Jaguars offense and specifically, quarterback Blake Bortles, has floundered without the 2nd year power back. The Jags haven’t scored a point in the first half of each of the last three games-all losses.
The Jags have another surprise injury and that is cornerback AJ Bouye,who suffered a calf injury in practice on Thursday and is now out for this contest. That will obviously be an advantage for the Eagles and their receivers like Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor.
For Philadelphia, they will be likely without defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who is suffering from a calf injury of his own and is doubtful to play the game. Also safety Corey Graham is battling a hamstring injury that has had him out for the last 2 weeks, and he is questionable.
Over to the Buccaneers, the news is not good again for their defensive line as both Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (calf) and defensive end Vinny Curry (ankle) will miss their second straight games.
However the Bucs run game will get a boost as RB Peyton Barber (above), who was nagged by an ankle injury in the second half of the win over the Browns and limited in practice earlier in the week was taken off the injury report and we’ll be able to play. There had also been concern over Jason Pierre-Paul with a rib injury, but he is also off the injury report and will start Sunday. Pierre-Paul currently has a streak of five consecutive games with at least one sack.
For the Bengals, they will be without controversial linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who has a hamstring injury. Burfict was fined $120,000 a week ago for his latest series of cheap shot hits in a game with the Steelers.
Cincinnati will also be without speedy wide receiver John Ross who is suffering from a groin injury suffered a couple of weeks ago in the win over Atlanta.
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