Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Running Backs Rest, Should Play

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Running Backs Rest, Should Play

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Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT

The Jaguars trotted out to the practice field Wednesday without running backs Fred Taylor and Maurice Drew.

But Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said there isn't any cause for concern.

Del Rio held both players out of practice as a precautionary measure. Taylor tweaked his hamstring Sunday during the 44-17 rout of the Indianapolis Colts, and Drew strained a calf muscle.

Both are listed as probable on the Jaguars' injury report.

"Fred participated in the walkthrough portion [of Wednesday's practice]," Del Rio said. "We're going to hold him out of practice. We're optimistic [that he'll be able to play Sunday at Tennessee]."

Drew's status wasn't known until the Jaguars came out for practice, but he's likely not in danger of missing any action against the Titans.

Of the 17 players listed on the Jaguars' injury report, two are nursing significant injuries. Safety Nick Sorensen is out because of a strained hamstring, and punter Chris Hanson is listed as questionable with a left hamstring injury.

Taylor has experienced hamstring problems before. He tweaked a hamstring during a conditioning drill before the start of training camp in July, but he never missed a day of practice because of the injury. Taylor's most recent setback isn't as significant.

"I'm good," Taylor said Monday.

On the injury report last week, Drew was listed as having a strained hamstring, but he didn't miss any practice.

Del Rio didn't mention Drew's injured calf when speaking with reporters Wednesday, nor did the rookie running back.

"We want to get the work in that we can responsibly, and right now, we'll proceed much like we have all year," Del Rio said. "If we think a guy can get the work, and we're going to benefit from the reps, we'll do it. If we think that he'd be better off on Sunday by eliminating the reps, we'll do that."

NO LETDOWN

Coming off a dominating win over the Colts, the Jaguars hope to avoid a letdown against the Titans, who they defeated 37-7 earlier this season. …

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