Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Stroud Doesn't Want to Watch; Jaguars Defensive Tackle Isn't Totally Healthy, but He'll "Definitely" Play

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Stroud Doesn't Want to Watch; Jaguars Defensive Tackle Isn't Totally Healthy, but He'll "Definitely" Play

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Byline: VITO STELLINO

Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcus Stroud got his first taste of watching the Jaguars play a week ago.

He doesn't want to experience that feeling again.

"It was difficult," Stroud said after he sat out the team's 41-0 victory over the New York Jets on Oct. 8. "It was something that had to be done for the good of the team. The coaches felt like me sitting out and giving me an extra week to get healthy would be beneficial for the team, and I was all for it."

Stroud, who got out of the boot he's been wearing on his right ankle Monday, said he's feeling better after two weeks off, but he's still not 100 percent.

Stroud didn't practice Monday when the Jaguars returned to drills after having the bye weekend off. He doesn't know if he'll get the green light to practice Wednesday, when the Jaguars open practice drills for Sunday's game at Houston.

Still, he has no doubt he'll play against the Texans.

"Definitely," he said.

With the bye week behind them, the Jaguars will begin an 11-game march that they hope will end in their second consecutive playoff trip, and Stroud doesn't want to miss any of it.

Coach Jack Del Rio didn't hold a news conference Monday, and the team does not have to issue an injury report until Wednesday.

Stroud admitted that if it had been his call, he would have played against the Jets, but he conceded that the layoff helped his ankle heal.

Playing hurt is nothing new for Stroud. He has been playing hurt the past two seasons and now takes it for granted.

In 2004, he suffered rib and knee injuries.

Last season, he was hampered by knee and foot injuries, but he played in 84 consecutive regular-season games and one playoff game before he sat out against the Jets.

This season, Stroud was on crutches the Thursday before the opener against Dallas with a sprained ankle he suffered the previous day. But he still played 35 snaps against the Cowboys.

Stroud rejects the notion of sitting out until he is completely healed. …

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