Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mixed Feelings on Early Bye Week; Jags on 2-Game Win Streak, but Have Lost Last 2 after Week Off

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mixed Feelings on Early Bye Week; Jags on 2-Game Win Streak, but Have Lost Last 2 after Week Off

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Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT

Week 4 isn't an ideal time for any NFL team to be idle. Too many games (13) remain on the schedule.

Throw in a two-game win streak and the fact that the offense finally seems to be hitting its stride, and it's not hard to see that the Jaguars (2-1) would rather be playing today.

"I would prefer to have it later," running back Fred Taylor said of the bye week.

Then again, maybe the league's mandated week off is just what the Jaguars need, considering their extensive injury list.

Defensive tackle John Henderson missed last week's game at Denver, still a little wobbly from a head injury (the team won't call it a concussion) suffered a week earlier against the Atlanta Falcons. Linebacker Clint Ingram hasn't yet made his 2007 debut because of a high ankle sprain. Nor has center Brad Meester, who broke a bone in his ankle during training camp.

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio hopes to have Henderson and Ingram back for next week's game at Kansas City. Meester likely won't be available.

The week off also should help defensive end Kenny Pettway, who hasn't played since injuring his quadriceps on a kickoff return during an Aug. 23 preseason game at Green Bay, and left tackle Khalif Barnes who sprained his ankle against Denver. Kicker Josh Scobee also is hobbled with a quadriceps injury.

"I don't know," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said when asked if a Week 4 bye would be beneficial to the team. "I guess it just depends. Right now for us, we have a few guys who we think will get healed up. So it's not a bad time for us.

"Ideally, you'd [rather] have it later in the year so that you have a chance to kind of heal up and then have a push. But we don't have any say in that thing. The schedule comes out, and we play it."

Not playing this week could have its advantages, even for players not listed on the injury report.

Defensive tackle Marcus Stroud and defensive end Reggie Hayward, despite playing every game this season, are still feeling some effects from injuries suffered last year. …

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