Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Garrard Feeling 'In the 90s'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Garrard Feeling 'In the 90s'

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Byline: Tania Ganguli

Jaguars quarterback David Garrard said Monday he is still not quite 100 percent healthy but added that he is feeling great.

"I'm in the 90s," Garrard said. "There's been plenty of times that I have been in the 90s for many games, and nobody has ever known. I'm fine, nothing but little aches and pains really."

Garrard injured his back during a Thursday practice two weeks ago while making a deep throw. The injury was to a disk in his back. He sat out for a week and returned to practice Saturday.

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said it seems right now that Garrard will play in Friday's exhibition game against the Atlanta Falcons. But Del Rio hesitated to say that with certainty because Garrard's injury took longer to heal than Del Rio initially thought it would.

Garrard said he is "hoping to" play Friday.

"I'm sure at some point during the game I will probably get touched," Garrard said. "I'm hoping not to, but I'm sure somebody will find their way to me, maybe a little later like normal. Getting that first shot out of the way will be a good thing just so I can move on from there and just continue to do my job.

Del Rio reiterated that running back Maurice Jones-Drew will not play Friday.

TOO MUCH SUN

Light sensitivity has been a problem for Jaguars running back Deji Karim for years. Only recently did he research what was actually wrong.

Karim had surgeries for cataracts in each of his eyes. He had one as an eighth-grader and another during his junior year in college. Cataract surgery can cause light sensitivity.

"The cataracts are gone now, so I don't have that problem," Karim said. "The sensitivity that I have is to the sun. If I'm looking at the sun, it makes me try and close my eyes. ... It's a little sensitive to it. That's the reason why I wear sunglasses [at practice]."

Karim, the only Jaguars player who wears sunglasses during practice, is planning to ask the NFL for permission to wear a tinted face shield on game days. …

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