Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Taylor out This Week, Could Return vs. Titans

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Taylor out This Week, Could Return vs. Titans

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The Jaguars ruled out running back Fred Taylor for Sunday's home game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Taylor had been listed as doubtful and didn't practice all week because of a bone bruise in his right ankle that he aggravated during last Sunday's 21-14 victory over the Houston Texans.

"We're going to keep him out this week, then get him back as quick as we can," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said Friday.

Del Rio wouldn't say who would start in place of Taylor against the Ravens. LaBrandon Toefield and Alvin Pearman are possibilities, as is moving Greg Jones from fullback.

Del Rio said Taylor's playing status would continue to be determined on a weekly basis, and the Jaguars' all-time leading rusher could return in time for the start of a three-game road trip Nov. 20 at Tennessee.

"This isn't a season-ending injury by any means," Del Rio said. "We're not going to rule him out for the year or anything like that."

Taylor's missed start will mark his fourth injury absence during the Jaguars' past 10 games dating to last season. He had made 46 consecutive starts before that.


First-year offensive coordinator Carl Smith was hired in hopes of giving the Jaguars' red-zone scoring a boost, and he has done exactly that this season.

The Jaguars enter Sunday's game tied for fifth in the NFL with a 62.5-percent touchdown rate (10 for 16) on possessions inside the opponent's 20-yard line. Compare that to last season, when the Jaguars were ranked next-to-last -- ahead of only the Chicago Bears -- under since-fired offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave.

"We're just executing better," Del Rio said when asked about the red-zone improvement. "We're avoiding the mistakes and the penalties that can bog you down in those situations."


Del Rio said wide receiver Reggie Williams will be active Sunday against the Ravens despite suffering another concussion -- his second in the past two weeks -- during practice Thursday. …

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