Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Jags Avoid Blackout for Eagles

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Jags Avoid Blackout for Eagles

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Byline: TANIA GANGULI

The Jaguars avoided a blackout for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles, meaning it will be shown locally on Fox. Some tickets remain from the allotment returned by the Eagles.

That means that two preseason and two regular-season games into the year, Jacksonville has yet to have a blacked-out game. Last season the Jaguars had nine of their 10 home games, including two preseason games, blacked out.

Meanwhile the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers - a team whose fans travel well - will be blacked out. The Bucs (2-0) also had their season opener blacked out.

Last Sunday's Jaguars game in San Diego was blacked out in San Diego markets when the Chargers fell about 7,000 tickets short of a sellout at the deadline - 72 hours before kickoff. In the 72 hours between the announcement and the game, the Chargers sold 5,000 tickets.

JONES-DREW LIMITED BUT OK

Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew was limited in practice again with an ankle injury. Jones-Drew was also limited in Wednesday's practice.

"We oftentimes take practice reps off Maurice," offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said. "He knows his body well. He knows what it takes to play on Sunday. In my opinion, Maurice will always be there on Sunday unless they drag him off."

Linebacker Justin Durant missed his second consecutive practice with a sprained ankle. Defensive tackle Landon Cohen didn't practice, either, and wore a boot on his right leg.

Safety Anthony Smith, who was limited in practice with a foot injury Wednesday, and linebacker Daryl Smith, who was limited with a thigh injury Wednesday, both went through full practices.

Deji Karim was limited as he recovers from Aug. 24 thumb surgery. Guards Uche Nwaneri (foot) and Justin Smiley (ankle) both participated fully in practice.

FEW BIG PLAYS SO FAR

The Jaguars' running game has been short on explosive plays in the first two games of the season.

But neither Jones-Drew nor Koetter doubt the big plays will come.

"It should pop sooner or later," Jones-Drew said. "Hopefully sooner, for my sanity."

Jones-Drew has 35 carries for 129 yards. …

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