Fred Isn't All That Fragile, Compared to His Running Back Peers

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Byline: Bart Hubbuch

Times-Union Jaguars beat writer Bart Hubbuch answers your questions about the team each Sunday during the season:

Q: Is it just me, or does Fred Taylor get injured more than any other running back in the NFL? Can you compare his injury record to other running backs in the league? -- Kersch

Taylor's "Fragile Fred" label appears to be a little overstated. Although Taylor has missed two games this season and is likely to sit out again today at Tennessee, he actually was one of the NFL's most durable backs the previous three seasons.

Taylor started 46 consecutive games before tearing a knee ligament last December in Green Bay. That's a lot better than the first four years of his career, when Taylor missed 24 of 64 regular-season games.

Taylor isn't in the same league as Curtis Martin (only four games missed in 11 seasons) or Shaun Alexander (no games missed), but the numbers say he's no less reliable than Priest Holmes, Warrick Dunn, Duce Staley or even Edgerrin James.

Q: I was under the impression Orlando is a secondary market for the Jaguars. But twice this year, our local station didn't show a Jaguars home game that wasn't blacked out. I would have purchased the satellite package if I had known the Orlando station wouldn't carry all the games. …


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