Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Notebook

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Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer

NO QUARTERBACK CONTROVERSY -- YET

First-round draft pick Byron Leftwich threw a touchdown pass in mop-up duty for the second consecutive week, but coach Jack Del Rio diffused any immediate quarterback controversy for his 0-3 team.

Del Rio said Mark Brunell would start Sunday's game at Houston, adding that Leftwich went in yesterday only because Brunell was struggling with an injured left elbow.

Even so, Del Rio left himself room to make a change at quarterback if the losing continues.

"I don't want to make knee-jerk reactions based on emotion, so Brunell is going to start [at Houston]," Del Rio said. "But we will go back and look, just as we do every week. We're looking for what's going to give us the best chance to win."

Leftwich downplayed completing 4-of-5 passes for 32 yards -- including an 8-yard scoring toss to Matthew Hatchette -- against several of the Colts' backups.

"It's hard to tell if that's the pace of a real NFL game because I've been coming in during some awkward situations late in games," Leftwich said.

DOUGLAS HELD IN CHECK

Former All-Pro DE Hugh Douglas had no tackles, quarterback pressures or sacks yesterday despite playing more than half of the Jaguars' 63 defensive snaps at right end.

Douglas has just six solo tackles and one sack in three games, including no sacks in either of the past two contests.

"I don't know what to say other than I'm going to get back on that horse and be ready for the next game," said Douglas, who also had two offside penalties. "I'm in this for the long haul.''

The Jaguars have failed to record a sack in four of their past five games dating to last season. They thought adding Douglas would address that weakness.

Douglas received a $6 million signing bonus last March after recording 74 1/2 sacks in eight NFL seasons. …

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