Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Regulars Want Rest, Health; Avoiding Big Injuries Is Key in the Last Preseason Game; Backups Will Play

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Regulars Want Rest, Health; Avoiding Big Injuries Is Key in the Last Preseason Game; Backups Will Play

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Byline: VITO STELLINO

The Jaguars' major goal in their preseason finale tonight is to avoid injuries.

The team learned a lesson last week: A player doesn't have to play very long to get hurt.

Running back Maurice Drew sprained his ankle on his first carry against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Saturday, and while he insists the injury is minor, he didn't practice this week. That helps explain why the regulars will only receive what Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio called "limited" exposure against the Washington Redskins tonight in Landover, Md., -- if they play at all.

Most of the Jaguars' regulars would prefer not to play at all. They don't want to be hurt in the last preseason game after surviving training camp.

"You go 120 or 150 [miles per hour in the first preseason game] and then bring it down to 110 the next one and bring it down to 100 the third one," linebacker Mike Peterson said. "The fourth game, hey, we'll see."

Peterson certainly wasn't volunteering to play against the Redskins.

"That's the coach's decision," Peterson said when he was asked if he would play. "I'd rather not comment on that and let the coach make the decision."

Most veterans have the luxury of not worrying about the final cuts, which will be made Saturday, when the Jaguars' roster is sliced from 75 to 53 players.

The Jaguars have 23 veterans who have been with the team since at least 2005, and the only one whose status is uncertain is tight end George Wrighster, who has missed camp with a knee injury. He could be a candidate for the season-ending injured-reserve list.

There are 12 players who joined the Jaguars in 2006, and most of them figure to make it, although Brent Hawkins, who has switched between defensive end and linebacker, probably is a long shot.

Then there are the players who joined the team in the past two years. Many of them will fight for roster spots.

Pierson Prioleau, a 10-year safety who's listed as a third-teamer on the Jaguars' depth chart, was with the Redskins last year, but he has more on his mind than visiting old friends. …

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