Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Taylor's 'Mistake': Talking about Injury

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Taylor's 'Mistake': Talking about Injury

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Byline: VITO STELLINO, The Times-Union

Jaguars running back Fred Taylor doesn't want to give the impression that he's using the foot injury he suffered in training camp as an excuse for his slow start this year.

"I made a mistake by letting it get out," Taylor said of his admission that he had a stress fracture -- or, as the Jaguars called it, a pre-stress fracture -- of his foot when Tennessee writers asked him about Chris Brown's turf toe in a media conference call on Wednesday.

"My job is to perform whether or not it hurts," Taylor said.

And it did hurt.

"I did have to go through some pain, a lot of pain. It hurt like heck," he said. He didn't gain more than 100 yards until his seventh game.

Taylor is trying to build a reputation for being one of the tougher running backs in the league. He's started 41 games in a row, the third-longest streak in the league among running backs.

"Do you think I'm going to play 41 games injury-free? Yeah, right," he said.

Yet Taylor knows he's still dogged by the reputation of being injury-prone.

"I just got that tag. I figure it'll be a part of me as long as I . . .," he paused and added, "Even when I die, it's going to be Fred Taylor was this type of back but he was injured."

So is Taylor, who was limited to three carries with a hip-pointer in Houston, finally healthy?

"I keep people guessing if I'm healthy or not," he said. "That's not anybody's business. I can be healthy and play lousy and some days I'm hurt and I have some of my better games."

COMMITMENT TO THE RUN

Taylor got 23 carries for 144 yards against Detroit, even though he missed part of the game with cramps, and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave is ready to keep feeding him the ball. The Jaguars had 50 carries last week and Musgrave said he'd have no problem running it 60 or 70 times.

Musgrave said he wasn't even aware there's a perception he'd rather throw than run. …

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