Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook

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Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer

TAYLOR, JOSEPH STILL OUT; TOEFIELD LIKELY STARTER

Rookie RB LaBrandon Toefield is likely to make his second consecutive preseason start tonight because of knee injuries to Fred Taylor and Elvis Joseph.

Toefield, a fourth-round pick from LSU, is expected to start again over undrafted free-agent Joe Smith against Miami after averaging 4.1 yards on eight carries in last week's 16-14 preseason victory against Minnesota.

"Toefield looks like he belongs in this league," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. "The kid runs with poise."

Toefield also got an approving nod for his performance from Taylor, who has not practiced or played since sustaining a bone bruise in his left knee July 30. Del Rio said this week that Taylor would play if this were the regular season, but the Jaguars want to be cautious with their franchise back.

"I like what I see from Toefield," Taylor said.

Joseph briefly returned to practice this week after missing the Minnesota game, but still isn't able to run effectively.

STOMACH VIRUS HITS RG NAEOLE, OL HALL

The stomach flu circulating through the Jaguars' camp struck again yesterday, keeping starting RG Chris Naeole out of the final practice before tonight's game.

Backup OL Barry Hall also missed yesterday's walk-through because of the virus, which the Jaguars said affected OL Daryl Terrell and SS Donovin Darius earlier this week.

"It's definitely going around" Del Rio said.

The Jaguars were unsure if Naeole would be sidelined against Miami. Terrell has returned to practice and would start in Naeole's place.

LEWIS TO MISS GAME DUE TO ANKLE SPRAIN

KR Jermaine Lewis appears to be making progress in his comeback from a high ankle sprain but has been ruled out against Miami. …

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